Role: Vice Chair Operations
Dr. John Conway originally set up the Disability Service at the Royal Agricultural University in 1999 and managed it until being made redundant in 2019.
As a full-time academic, he also had a direct impact on teaching and assessment methods through membership of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Academic Board, as well as contributing to a project team working to develop holistic student support services.
He believes very strongly that access to education is a fundamental human right not to be restricted by irrelevant dis-abilities and this led him to join the NADP board in 2006 to help to drive this agenda forward. He has been an active member of the Board ever since, also managing the various NADP Jiscmail lists.
John was appointed to the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group which published the Inclusive Teaching and Learning guide in 2017 and was chairman of GuildHE’ s Student Support Network. He was the first independent Chairman of STEM-DC, a committee composed of representatives of the top scientific societies, which aims to identify and remove barriers to participation in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
John is currently acting as vice-chair [operations] of NADP and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education.