NADP Annual Conference 2023

What is Reasonable?

Tuesday 13th June (online) and Thursday 15th / Thursday 29th June 2023 (in-person)

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts has now closed. Thank you to all of you who wrote it. We are very excited for NADPAC2023!

The National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP) is the professional association for those working in the tertiary education sector involved in the management or delivery of services for disabled students.

NADP is committed to improving the professional development and status of disability and inclusivity practitioners in further and higher education through peer support, education, communication and leadership.

We are pleased to announce that this year the National Association of Disability Practitioners Annual Conference 2023 will comprise of two in-person conference dates, details below, as well as remote conference sessions:

  • Tuesday 13th June 2023, online conference sessions
  • Thursday 15th June 2023, in-person day event in Reading
  • Thursday 29th June 2023, in-person day event in Manchester

Conference Theme

The focus of the NADP Annual Conference in 2023 is:

What is ‘Reasonable’?

Questions regarding what constitutes ‘reasonable’ frequently underpin the work of disability and inclusivity practitioners, across all roles and levels of experience, within the education sector, yet the concept of ‘reasonable’ can be nuanced and is not always easily or clearly defined.  

The NADP invites abstracts which link to the theme of ‘What is Reasonable?’ Abstracts could, for example, be aimed at sharing experiences of developing or creating new or enhanced practices, policies or processes to help establish reasonableness of student support, individual adjustments or wider inclusive provisions.  Abstracts might also focus on student voice and experience or on initiatives to support staff teams, particularly within the context of ever increasing disabled student numbers.

Details of how to submit an abstract for the NADP annual conference 2023 can be found below. 

How to submit an abstract for AC2023 

Innovations in practice 

This may include: 

  • new initiatives or policies to inform decisions on reasonable adjustments
  • innovative processes to address pressures on staff teams, within the context of increased budgetary pressures and increasing student numbers academic
  • Inclusive Practice initiatives;
  • needs assessment practices;
  • new initiatives for supporting first contact and interviews;
  • running successful pre-entry courses;
  • managing student expectations

Working outside the box 

This may include: 

  • establishing institutional boundaries of support and welfare provision;
  • cross-team working with education developers;  
  • developing relationships with external agencies;  
  • collaborative working with library and study support services; 
  • collaborative relationships between NMH suppliers/ Assessment Centres/ FE and HE providers; 
  • collaborative working with other Universities 

Evidence-based development  

This may include: 

  • making use of CPD, how development opportunities have been utilised to change practice as an individual or as a team; 
  • research/pilot outcomes that have been used to enable change or development;  
  • evaluation of delivery to support change or justify additional resource 

Nothing about us without us’ 

This may include: 

  • involving the student voice, listening to and involving students to evaluate and enhance the student experience; 
  • student design for reasonable and inclusive assessment;  
  • peer support provision;  
  • alumni steering groups

Your abstract submission should include:

  • A short title of no more than 12 words.
  • A clear statement of your chosen theme from the list above.
  • The name and contact details for the lead presenter, and name of any co-presenters.
  • The names of others involved in any research.
  • The body of the abstract should be up to 500 words.
  • References and diagrams are not required at this stage.
  • Your preferred format of session

Type and length of sessions

We invite abstracts for the following types of workshop sessions and presentations:

  1. Whole Conference Presentations – In-person (45 minutes)
  2. A lecture-style presentation which aims to inform, provoke debate and/or raise questions.
  3. Delivery should allow for about 10 minutes of questions from the audience at the end.
  • Interactive Workshop SessionsIn-person (90 mins)
  • A genuinely interactive session which aims to develop delegates understanding, skills and or knowledge through discussion, practise or activity.
  • Break-Out Group Presentation – In-person (45 mins)
  • A lecture-style presentation which aims to provoke debate and/or raise questions.
  • Delivery should aim for 30 mins maximum to allow 15 mins for questions/debate

  • Remote Conference Session – Online (30 mins)
  • This could be in a range of formats, from a presentation to a panel discussion
  • For presentations, delivery should aim for 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes question and answer/discussion.

Please note that the Speaker and one co-presenter, if required, are eligible for a reduced price at the conference.

Deadline for Abstract submissions

Please submit your abstract proposal using the form below by 12.00 noon on Monday 6th February, for consideration by the NADP Conference Committee.

Contact us

For further information, or to discuss your submission, please contact the NADP Office on admin@nadp-uk.org.