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Associate Professor nominated as Unsung Diversity Hero

0027 Dr David Bolt Monday 11 August 2014

Dr David Bolt, Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University, has been nominated as an Unsung Diversity Hero in the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards.

The Excellence in Diversity awards celebrate some of the excellent and significant achievements of inclusive employers and diversity heroes across the UK. The Unsung Diversity Hero category recognises an individual within an organisation who has shown outstanding initiative to promote diversity internally and externally, making a positive difference in other’s lives through significant contributions to social justice, equality and diversity.

Dr Bolt is Course Leader on Liverpool Hope University’s Disability Studies MA, and is Director of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies in the Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University, where he won the Student-Led Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching in 2014.

He is founder of the International Network of Literary and Cultural Disability Scholars, and his work in disability studies has been widely recognised in both the humanities and the social sciences. He was recently named by the Disability News Service as one of the UK's top ten most influential academics with a disability. 

Dr Bolt is author of The Metanarrative of Blindness: A Re-reading of Twentieth-Century Anglophone Writing (University of Michigan Press, 2014). He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool University Press and Project MUSE). He is Book Series Editor, with Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, of Literary Disability Studies (Palgrave Macmillan). He was most recently editor of Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies (Routledge, 2014) and, with Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (Ohio State University Press, 2012).

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: "Dr Bolt has not only made his mark as a top rated academic among his colleagues at Liverpool Hope University, he has contributed to making the University itself more socially aware through his scholarship in the cultural perceptions of disability. His excellent direction of Liverpool Hope University's Centre for Culture and Disability Studies has now achieved international recognition."

The Excellence in Diversity Awards, part of the National Diversity Awards, will be held at the Midland Hotel Manchester on May 14th 2015. Britain's most diverse and remarkable employers will gather to honour the phenomenal efforts of organisations and employees who have excelled in the commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion across all strands.

Paul Sesay, CEO of the Excellence in Diversity Awards said, “It is important that we recognise employers and individuals that tackle discrimination internally and externally, going above and beyond their corporate social responsibility. With the increasing richness of diversity in Britain, we should applaud corporations, charities and organisations that lead in inclusion and fairness in all aspects of business.”

The Excellence in Diversity Awards also focus on leading diversity champions, significant role models and extraordinary employees that have shown outstanding devoted to the field of equality and diversity.

Nominate Dr David Bolt via the Excellence in Diversity Awards website 

Alternatively, for a nomination form email: nominations@excellenceindiversity.co.uk

 

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