Calibre Leadership Programme for Disabled Staff at Liverpool John Moores University

Calibre is a CPD accredited development and leadership programme for people who identify as neurodiverse, Deaf or disabled, or who have a long-term physical or mental health condition. The programme, run in higher education since 2012, was developed and is delivered by Dr Ossie Stuart, who himself a disabled people and an academic. So, it should come as no surprise that Calibre has been specifically designed for both academic and professional staff in Higher Education. Its purpose is to transform how university employees think about themselves and their disability. This will increase confidence and show participants how to approach any discussion about disability in new and constructive ways.

The programme’s five sessions are spread over two months (more the dates below). Participants will be expected to commit to participating in all five sessions, that will be begun at 10.30am and end at approximately 4pm. They will also be expected to put aside time to complete the post-programme personal project.


This programme will be a face-to-face programme and to ensure that the maximum number of disabled employees from can participate. It will be all day programme, delivered by Dr Stuart using a mix of presentations and also interactive discussion. Sufficient time will be set aside for breaks and also a one-hour lunch break. Calibre is also designed to be fully accessible. This means that disabled member of staff who meet the programme’s eligibility criteria will have their access requirements met.


To be eligible to enrol on the Calibre programme, you must be someone with a disability, a long-term health condition (physical or mental), or someone who is neurodiverse. We ask that you ensure that you have disclosed your disability to LJMU. If you have yet to do so, we advise that you discuss this requirement with a member of your HR Department.

Disclosure is an essential requirement to enrol on this programme. However, if this does present you with a problem in terms of confidentiality, I would be happy to discuss this with you.

In addition to meeting the above criteria we only admit degree level participants. We can only offer places to staff who can attend all the modules and can commit to the key dates. However, under special circumstances, we will consider participants who can commit to four out of the five sessions on a case-by-case basis.

Please note
There are only sixteen available spaces, and they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

The commitment

The time commitment will be approximately eight weeks. As mentioned above, Calibre programme is a face-to-face programme that will consist of five all day sessions, each one beginning at 10.30am and ending at 4pm (except for Session 3, which will end at 4.30pm). Once the five sessions are complete, each participant will be expected to complete a personal project within a month of the last session. This project is a required step to complete Calibre successfully (do not worry, you will find the project easy to complete).

Key dates for the Autumn 2024 Calibre Open Programme

  1. Wednesday 23 October 2024 (Exchange Station)
    Introduction to Calibre; what is disability?
  2. Wednesday 6 November 2024 (Exchange Station)
    Actors not victims; leadership and disability
  3. Wednesday 20 November 2024 (Forum theatre)
    Disability and Law; our rights and responsibilities at your NHS Trust
  4. Wednesday 27 November 2024 (Exchange Station)
    Building Confidence; personal project design
  5. Wednesday 11 December 2024 (Exchange Station)
    Building Confidence; personal project design

Completion of Personal Project - The weekend of January 11 2025

Detailed description of Modules and personal project can be found in the appendix.

How to apply

For the LJMU Calibre Programme, kindly fill in the Expression of Interest form (Word, 68.9KB).

Please note
This programme is for disabled employees only. Applications from non-disabled employees will not be accepted.

If you wish to participate, kindly fill up the form and send it to the DI Team via by Friday 30 August 2024 at 5pm. Please remember that you need to evidence that you have declared a disability to LJMU to participate in this programme.


If you have any questions about the Calibre programme please contact the DI Team at LJMU at


The 2024 Calibre Leadership Programme: Each session and the personal project explained.

Faq Items

Session one (October 23 2024): Introduction to Disability

Session two (November 6 2024): Leadership and Disability

Session three (November 20 2024): Interactive Forum Theatre Day

Session four (November 27 2024): Disability and the Law

Session five (December 11 2024): Building Confidence, planning personal projects

Personal projects (to be completed by weekend of January 11 2025)