Diversity Award nomination for Wadham alumna

26th April 2018

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Wadham alumna Dr Marie Tidball (Criminology, 2011) has been shortlisted as a Role Model in the University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards for her work in raising the profile of disability. 

Describing some of Marie’s many achievements the University comments: “Marie brings people, institutions and ideas together."

She has raised the profile of disability at the University, campaigning to include it on reading lists and in the curriculum. This led to the creation of an annual disability law moot and essay prize, as well as a master’s scholarship at Wadham for students with disabilities. In February 2018, she hosted the inaugural Law and Disability Policy Conference, which attracted a diverse line up of national and international academics.

She appears in the University’s Diversifying Portraiture series, and hopes that her own portrait will inspire young disabled people today to aim high.” Commenting on her nomination Marie said: “It's a sign of success that would not have been possible without Wadham being so proactive in hosting the Disability Law and Policy Project and the funding that has attracted.”

The Disability Law and Policy Project aims to put disability law at the centre of learning and teaching in the law curriculum.

In January 2017 the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG), supported by the Department for Education reported that the barriers to participation and success for disabled students come not from the students but from society and its institutions, systems and processes.They concluded that part of the solution is more inclusive curricula, learning and teaching environments, and restructured support. 

“I would like Oxford to lead the way in implementing this guidance” said Marie who is working to attract donors to support this work and the Oxford Wadham Disability Scholarship for graduate students. If you would like to support the innovative Disability Law and Policy Project or the Wadham Masters Scholarship for Graduates with disabilities please contact Wadham’s Development Director, Julie Hage

Winners of the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Awards will be announced on Tuesday 8 May at a ceremony at Worcester College. 

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