Job Opportunity- Project ASSISTANT – We are The People (Wellcome Trust funded project)

Closes: 3 Jan 2022 

Bath, Newton Park Campus 

£11,424 per annum, pro rata of £22,847 per annum Fixed term & Part time 

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Project Assistant to join a team of disability activists and researchers at Bath Spa University. The team has been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to develop a research network in South West England currently called ‘We Are The People’. 

Job Title: Project Assistant – We are The People (Wellcome Trust funded project)

Location: Newton Park, Bath 

Rate of Pay: £11,424 per annum, pro rata of £22,847 per annum

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until July 2026

Hours: Part Time, 18.5 hours per week

Closing Date: 12 midnight GMT, 3 January 2021



About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Project Assistant to join a team of disability activists and researchers at Bath Spa University. The team has been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to develop a research network in South West England currently called ‘We Are The People’. 

The role involves providing administrative support to the research network. The postholder will be responsible for day-to-day administrative tasks such as event planning (organising meetings, booking travel and accommodation), processing financial claim forms, fielding questions from the general public, supporting the provision of reasonable adjustments, data-entry, liaising with university staff, as well as external partners such as disabled people’s organisations.  

The Project Assistant will liaise closely with the Project Manager, building on their project management skills to aid potential future career development. As such, this is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is keen to learn and develop professional skills in project administration.

This is a fixed term post (funded until July 2026) to support the activities of an emerging disability research network. The right candidate must be willing to be flexible in terms of duties and responsibilities as the needs of the network emerges over time.


About you (requirements)

You will have a passion for disability equality, social justice, and research-led change.   You will have excellent administrative experience and organisational skills, strong financial administration skills, and an ability to support an emerging research network. You will have experience of working with diverse groups of disabled people, with an ability to communicate to different groups. You will have a good working knowledge of relevant policies and practices (e.g, Equality Act 2010) and make operational ‘reasonable adjustments’. This role involves supporting the organisations of events that may be geographically dispersed. You must have a proactive and positive attitude to work, and ability to work collaboratively with the core team of researchers, take direction from a project manager, and sometimes work independently. 


About us

Bath Spa University is focused on creative enterprise and guided by our four values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration and sustainability. We teach around 8,000 students on a set of campuses around Bath, with most being located at Newton Park, including a listed Georgian house and grounds, or Locksbrook Road, our new city-centre art and design campus.  Our research centres focus on creative industries and humanities.

Our purpose is to challenge our students and staff to realise their talent and thrive, for their own benefit and for the wider good. By doing this we will think and make the world better.


For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Ben Simmons via b.simmons@bathspa.ac.uk  


Interview Date: 26th and 27th January 2021


How to apply

Project ASSISTANT – We are The People (Wellcome Trust funded project) in Bath, Newton Park Campus | Evenbreak | Accessible job search site for disabled people

For further information or to apply on-line please visit the Bath Spa University jobs page at https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/work-at-bath-spa/current-vacancies-at-bath-spa/. Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed.  Any queries regarding the application process or our website should be emailed to hrcontact@bathspa.ac.uk.


Please note that we use anonymous shortlisting therefore request that you do not include any personal details or reference to protected characteristics (such as gender, age or race) when completing your supporting statement.


We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff.  These include a nursery, pension scheme, flexible working practices, an employee assistance programme, and family-friendly policies


Please note this role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route.

We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Given the nature of the We Are The People project, we would particularly welcome applications from disabled people or carers of disabled people.

Job Opportunity – Project Manager – We are The People (Wellcome Trust funded project)

Closes: 3 Jan 2022 

Bath, Newton Park Campus 

£20,582 – £23,152 per annum, pro rata of £34,304 – £38,587 Fixed term & Part time

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced project manager to join a team of disability activists and researchers at Bath Spa University. The team has been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to develop a research network in South West England currently entitled ‘We Are The People’. The network has funds to run for five years.

Job Title: Project Manager – We are The People (Wellcome Trust funded project) 

Location: Newton Park, Bath

Rate of Pay: £20,582 – £23,152 per annum, pro rata of £34,304 – £38,587

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until July 2026

Hours: Part Time, 22.2 hours per week

Closing Date: 12 midnight GMT, 3 January 2022




About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced project manager to join a team of disability activists and researchers at Bath Spa University. The team has been awarded £1million from the Wellcome Trust to develop a research network in South West England currently entitled ‘We Are The People’. The network has funds to run for five years.

The Project Manager will lead on the operational delivery and work closely with the Principal and Co-Investigators in ensuring the successful delivery of the project. The postholder will have a passion for disability equality and wider social justice, and play a central role in the project that includes leading on financial expenditure and resource planning, leading on the provision of reasonable adjustments, developing and maintaining an extensive research network, managing complex data sets, organising events across South West England, working with diverse external partners, line managing a project administrator, and ensuring the smooth operation of the project on a day-to-day basis, as well as post-award administration.

This is a fixed term post (funded until July 2026) to support the activities of an emerging disability research network. The right candidate must be willing to be flexible in terms of duties and responsibilities as the needs of the network emerges over time.


About you (requirements)

You will have extensive experience of project management, a passion for disability equality and wider social justice and research-led change, and extensive experience of working in the disability sector. You will have substantial experience of managing finances for large bids, collecting, analysing and reporting data sets, an ability to lead on the organisation and delivery of events across a large geographic area, excellent interpersonal skills, a strong ability to communicate with diverse groups of disabled people, and confidence with regards to working for an evolving research network. This post offers opportunities for self-identified staff development, and will require the postholder to line manage a project assistant.


About us

Bath Spa University is focused on creative enterprise and guided by our four values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration and sustainability. We teach around 8,000 students on a set of campuses around Bath, with most being located at Newton Park, including a listed Georgian house and grounds, or Locksbrook Road, our new city-centre art and design campus.  Our research centres focus on creative industries and humanities.

Our purpose is to challenge our students and staff to realise their talent and thrive, for their own benefit and for the wider good. By doing this we will think and make the world better.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Ben Simmons via b.simmons@bathspa.ac.uk  


Interview Date: 26th and 27th January 2021

How to apply

Project Manager – We are The People (Wellcome Trust funded project) in Bath, Newton Park Campus | Evenbreak | Accessible job search site for disabled people


For further information or to apply on-line please visit the Bath Spa University jobs page at https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/work-at-bath-spa/current-vacancies-at-bath-spa/. Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed.  Any queries regarding the application process or our website should be emailed to hrcontact@bathspa.ac.uk.

Please note that we use anonymous shortlisting therefore request that you do not include any personal details or reference to protected characteristics (such as gender, age or race) when completing your supporting statement.


We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff.  These include a nursery, pension scheme, flexible working practices, an employee assistance programme, and family-friendly policies


Please note this role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route.


We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Given the nature of the We Are The People project, we would particularly welcome applications from disabled people or carers of disabled people.

Omicron Look Out For New Signs

A new coronvirus is spreading fast.

Look out for different signs: aches and pains, headache, tiredness, sore throat.

Most people get less ill with Omicron. But it is spreading so fast it may be a problem this winter. Get your booster for the best protection.

Don’t spread it: wash your hands a lot, keep social distancing, wear a face mask, open windows for fresh air.

Booking a booster

Two doses of vaccine will not protect you. All adults can now get a third booster jab.

Phone 119 or your GP.

Book online: bit.ly/bookabooster You will need your NHS number.

You can ask someone to help you. A carer may book you in. Or you may get a phone call or a text message from ‘NHSvaccine’.

There are some walk-in centres where you don’t need to book.

Text: Omicron. Look out for new signs. A new coronvirus is spreading fast. Look out for different signs: aches and pains, headache, tiredness, sore throat. Most people get less ill with Omicron. But it is spreading so fast it may be a problem this winter. Get your booster for the best protection. Don’t spread it: wash your hands a lot, keep social distancing, wear a face mask, open windows for fresh air. Image: People looking out over Earth with viruses flying around. Graphics explaining instructions.
Text: The Omnicron virus is spreading fast. Two doses of vaccine will not protect you. all adults can now get a third booster jab. Phone 119 or your GP. Book online: bit.ly/bookabooster You will need your NHS number. You can ask someone to help you. A carer may book you in. Or you may get a phone call or a text message from ‘NHSvaccine’. There are some walk-in centres where you don’t need to book. Images: people getting boosters.

Where and How to Get HIV Support Over Christmas and New Year from Brigstowe

Brigstowe logo - pink text that reads 'Brigstowe' and 'positive change together' below that with a small yellow circle next to the first line.

Brigstowe is a charitable organisation in Bristol that provides local, independent & free HIV and Long Term Health Condition services in the Bristol, South Glos & North Somerset area.

Their team will be operating a phone service and will have their HIV clinics open at certain points over the Christmas and New Year period. Days and times of when each will be open are below.

Brigstowe Opening Times

In line with government guidance staff are now working from home and any appointments will be made with your worker directly.

Please note: From Christmas Eve to Mon 3rd January the Brigstowe office will be closed and we will be operating a phone service on the days indicated below. Please see p4 and p5 of the newsletter for support available outside of these times.

Christmas Eve (Fri 24th): 9am – 3pm (phone service)

Monday 27th (Bank Holiday): CLOSED

Tuesday 28th (Bank Holiday): CLOSED

Wednesday 29th: 9am – 5pm (phone service)

Thursday 30th: 9am – 5pm (phone service)

New Year’s Eve (Fri 31st): 9am – 3pm (phone service)

Monday 3rd January (Bank Holiday): CLOSED

Tuesday 4th January: Open As Usual

HIV Clinic Opening Times

Christmas Eve (Fri 24th): Open till 4pm

Christmas Day: CLOSED

Monday 27th Dec (Bank Holiday): CLOSED

Tuesday 28th Dec (Bank Holiday): CLOSED

Wed 29th & Thurs 30th Dec: Open As Usual

New Year’s Eve (Fri 31st Dec): Open till 4pm

New Year’s Day (Sat 1st Jan): CLOSED

Monday 3rd January (Bank Holiday): CLOSED

Tuesday 4th January: Open As Usual

Please note: If you require home delivery of medication, the clinic require 10 working days notice. Otherwise, you can collect from the pharmacy same day. Please make sure you have enough medication to last over the Christmas and New Year Period

More information about Brigstowe and their services can be found at: https://www.brigstowe.org/

Help Joe with his univeristy dissertation research on Autism Inclusivity Within Bristol Public Libraries

We’ve been asked by Joe, a student at the University of the West of England (UWE), to share the details of his dissertation research and promote his survey on Autism Inclusivity Within Bristol Public Libraries.

To fill out the survey online go to: https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9mGfxhBvM0VF4Kq

You can also fill out the survey by printing off the PDF version of the survey below. You will also find a PDF copy of the Participant Consent Form which you need to fill out if you want to be involved. A PDF of both documents in Easy Read formats can also be found below.

The deadline to fill out both the survey and consent form is Thursday 20th January 2022.

New Timetables from Great Western Railway (GWR)

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Great Western Railway (GWR) have announced that new train timetables are now in place and came into action yesterday (Sunday 12th December).

The new timetables include changes to both weekends and weekdays. It includes more services to and from Severn Beach and the return of half-hour journeys to and from South Wales.

They have ypdated their online timetable journey planner which you can access and download at: https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/train-times

Opportunity to Apply for Secondment Roles with the Welsh Government to support their Disability Equality Task Force

;Logo of the Government of Wales - image of a white handdrawn dragon on a bright red background with white text underneath it. The text reads 'Welsh Government' first in Welsh and below that in English.

The First Minister of Wales has set up a new Disability Equality Rights Task Force in response to the findings of a report published earlier this year that was coproduced with Disabled people and DPOs in Wales.

You can read the report here – https://gov.wales/locked-out-liberating-disabled-peoples-lives-and-rights-wales-beyond-covid-19-html 

The report was commissioned by Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum and is the only report in the UK that we know of commissioned by a Government of the UK into the impact of Covid-19 on Disabled people.  Importantly, the report was created and owned by Disabled people in Wales.

The creation of a Disability Rights Taskforce by Welsh Government is a significant achievement and has the potential to bring about change.  The Task Force is co Chaired by the Minister for Social Justice, Jane Hutt and Debbie Foster (as the representative of the WG Disability Equality Forum). 

The Equality Unit of Welsh Government are now recruiting to a number of posts to support the work of the civil service and we really want to encourage disabled people to apply.

Secondment Advert

Purpose of Post

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a hugely interesting and rewarding area of policy and delivery within the Communities Division of Welsh Government. There are two posts available, within the Equality team.

The pandemic has highlighted deep-rooted inequalities in our society, which Ministers have committed to address. The Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum was commissioned to examine the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on disabled people.  Ministers committed to establish a Ministerial taskforce to address the inequalities highlighted by the ‘Locked Out: Liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond Covid-19’ Report.  The taskforce will assist in the development of a Disability Rights Action Plan to improve outcomes for disabled people.

The Taskforce Secretariat will be a high profile role in Welsh Government. The post-holders will need to work closely with Taskforce members.  The post holder’s main responsibility will be to support the Taskforce by managing the work of the Taskforce and any sub-groups. 

The newly created posts are being recruited during the initial phases of the Taskforce as it is a critical role for the interface between the Taskforce, Welsh Government, disability organisations, the Disability Equality Forum and other interested groups. The post holder will support the Head of the Disability Rights Taskforce in developing the way information is shared with the Taskforce and its sub-committees. They will need to assist in the development of systems that will ensure the effective running of the Taskforce.  The post holders will provide secretariat support to the Chairs and Taskforce members, working closely with the Disability Rights Taskforce Manager to ensure the work plan is planned in an effective way so that the Taskforce can deliver its objectives.

Candidates do not need existing in depth knowledge of this specific policy area. This can be developed through the course of undertaking the role with support from colleagues in the wider equality team and other training and development interventions.

Key Tasks

•       Work with others to take forward engagement with people from protected characteristics or with lived experience, in the development of policy, action plans, or future campaigns and/or policy development
•       Manage the delivery of appropriate communications activity relevant to the area of work, including evaluation of the reach of communication and working alongside communication colleagues to develop campaigns and mark specific events in the equality calendar. This will mean ensuring voices from the various communities help inform the shape of key messages and development of campaigns together with those from specialist support services and organisations as appropriate
•       Lead on the provision of effective secretariat to the Disability Rights Taskforce and groups (to include annual refresh of terms of reference; development of papers for meetings; record of actions/forward look) and ensure those actions are taken forward.
•       Support specific ‘Task and Finish’ pieces of work as and when required.
•       Engage with colleagues across EPS and Welsh Government to take forward various policy activity, ensuring there are multiple ways for the members of the communities with whom we work to influence Welsh Government policy.
•       Working with external stakeholders to ensure engagement on policies, legislation development and implementation and decision making.
•       Work with other Welsh Government colleagues to ensure that the needs and experiences of all are considered across wider portfolios and briefings e.g. safeguarding, mental health, crime and justice, education, fair work etc.
•       Contribute towards the Government Business of the Team including correspondence, briefing MAs and Diary Cases – including support for wider priorities and legislation.
•       Deputise for their managers as required.

Welsh Language Requirements:

Welsh language skills are Desirable

Job Specific Criteria:

1.      Ability to produce high quality written materials to suit a variety of audiences including Ministers, senior officials and external stakeholders.
2.      Ability to plan, prioritise and organise to meet deadlines.
3.      Ability to work effectively with stakeholders and delivery partners to achieve success.

How to apply:

Please complete an expression of interest which should be no longer than 750 words, demonstrating why you feel you would be suitable for the position and highlighting your previous experience; it should also address how you meet the three job specific criteria above.

In addition please provide a curriculum vitae (CV), which should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.

Please send your expression of interest and CV to Emma.bennett@gov.wales no later than 12pm (midday) on 04 January 2022.

You will be contacted by email regarding the outcome of the sift of applications. Should you be successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview.

Important information:

This is a fixed term secondment for 18 months
Should you be successful in your application, you will join Welsh Government on a secondment basis. You will need to be contracted with your current employer for at least 18 months in order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity.

For queries, please contact Emma Bennett, Emma.Bennett@gov.wales

Disability Rights Taskforce Secretariat lead Advert

Job Title: Disability Rights Taskforce Secretariat lead
Pay Band: Senior Executive Officer

This opportunity will be a secondment to Welsh Government and the successful candidate will remain on their employer’s terms and conditions of service and current salary.

Location: Pan Wales
Duration of post if temporary: Fixed term for 18 months
Pattern of Working: Full time
Applications will be considered from those who wish to work part-time or on a job share basis.
Closing Date: 04 January 2022
Secondment Advert

Purpose of Post:

This pandemic has highlighted deep-rooted inequalities in our society, which Ministers have committed to address. The Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum was commissioned to examine the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on disabled people.  Ministers committed to establish a Ministerial taskforce to address the inequalities highlighted by the ‘Locked Out: Liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond Covid-19’ Report.  The taskforce will assist in the development of a Disability Rights Action Plan to improve outcomes for disabled people.

The Taskforce Secretariat will be a high profile role in Welsh Government. The post-holder will need to work closely with the Chairs of the Taskforce and Taskforce members.  The post holder’s main responsibility will be to support the Taskforce by managing the work of the Taskforce and any sub-groups.  The post holder will need to remain aware of the emerging issues and policy developments within the field of disability equality policy and among Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), proposing matters to be shared with the Taskforce so that emerging issues can be addressed. 

The newly created post is being recruited during the initial phases of the Taskforce as it is a critical role for the interface between the Taskforce, Welsh Government, disability organisations, the Disability Equality Forum and other interested groups. The post holder will assist the Head of the Disability Rights Taskforce in developing the way information is shared with the Taskforce and its sub-committees. They will need to assist in the development of systems that will ensure the effective running of the Taskforce.  The post holder will provide secretariat support to the Chairs and Taskforce members, working closely with the Head of Disability Rights Taskforce to ensure the work plan is planned in an effective way so that the Taskforce can deliver its objectives.

Key Tasks:

•       The Post holder will act as the first point of contact to all Taskforce members, dealing with any queries, supporting and enabling them to carry out their role. They will support the Head of the Disability Taskforce team to ensure that Taskforce meetings and thematic workshops are planned and run effectively.
•       They will manage the forward work plan for the Taskforce including agreeing agenda items, commissioning and quality assuring papers, organising the logistics of meetings alongside colleagues who they manage, drafting papers, and ensuring accurate minutes and action points are completed.
•       The post holder will act as a point of contact for colleagues in the Press Office and Communication teams. They will work with the Head of the Disability Rights Taskforce to ensure messages and communications are correct and appropriate.
•       They will assist in the development of the Disability Rights Action Plan which addresses inequality experienced by Disabled people, working closely with policy colleagues across the Welsh Government to develop sustainable action and outcomes.
•       The post holder will be expected to update senior officials and Welsh Ministers on a regular basis and circulate key information from meetings to the senior management team and partners to ensure all are updated. As part of this they will monitor local, regional and national events which relate to or impact upon disabled policy.
•       Their role will also entail working with KAS to provide evidence and statistical support for the work of the Taskforce as necessary.
•       They will be the main point of contact for the Government business relating to the work of the taskforce, including ministerial briefings, Senedd questions and other plenary business.
•       The post holder will have line management responsibilities for 2 x HEO (MB2)
•       The Secretariat role will sit within the Welsh Government Equalities team, and the post holder will need to work flexibly and provide support across the team, when necessary

Welsh Language Requirements:

Welsh language skills are Desirable

Job Specific Criteria:

1.      Ability to think strategically and identify connections between areas of work, spotting themes and opportunities and translating these into appropriate actions demonstrating well developed organisational skills in doing so;
2.      Evidence of skills in stakeholder engagement with demonstrable high standard of verbal and written communication skills; and
3.      Evidence of ability to work effectively with Ministers and Senior managers, advising and supporting appropriately.

How to apply:

Please complete an expression of interest which should be no longer than 750 words, demonstrating why you feel you would be suitable for the position and highlighting your previous experience; it should also address how you meet the three job specific criteria above.

In addition please provide a curriculum vitae (CV), which should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.

Please send your expression of interest and CV to emma.bennett@gov.wales no later than 12pm (midday) on 04 January 2022

You will be contacted by email regarding the outcome of the sift of applications. Should you be successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend a virtual interview.

Important information:

This is a fixed term secondment for 18 months
Should you be successful in your application, you will join Welsh Government on a secondment basis. You will need to be contracted with your current employer for at least 18 months in order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity.

For queries, please contact Emma Bennett emma.bennett@gov.wales

Getting the right social care for adults to live a good life – How you can help EHRC with their research into care and support

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are inviting people to help with some important work. This work is being done by the non-profit research organisation Research in Practice who want to interview people for it.  

The EHRC inquiry looks into how older and disabled adults and unpaid carers can challenge local council decisions about social care and support in England and Wales. 

They want to talk to people about trying to challenge decisions around:

  1. Assessment of care or support needs
  2. How or where care or support needs will be met
  3. Changes to care or support needs identified by the council or to their package
  4. Some other decisions (but not on healthcare or which council is responsible) – we can advise which decisions would be appropriate so please email to check

It is important they talk to people who wanted their council to change its decisions about social care or support. You may have got decisions changed, still be trying to or may not have been able to challenge the decisions. This can be from any time since 2018.

EHRC and Research in Practice’s aim is to talk to people in depth about what happened when they wanted their local council to change decisions around adult social care.  They will be talking to around forty people: 

  1. From different parts of England and Wales 
  2. Who may need care and support, or are an unpaid carer, or family or friend 
  3. Who need support for different kinds of needs 
  4. Who had different experiences of trying to change things about the support they got. 

They particularly want to talk to people who face barriers to getting what they need or getting things changed, for example because: 

  1. They are not able to easily understand the rules or communicate what they want 
  2. Their first language is not English or Welsh 
  3. They don’t have access to the internet 
  4. They experience discrimination, for example racism or ageism 
  5. They have nobody to support them 
  6. They don’t have much money. 

Particpant involvement and words would be kept anonymous.

Please find below information about what is involved. The Gatekeeper information sheet is for you. You can email evaluation@researchinpractice.org.uk if you are interested in taking part.