Introducing Calibre

The Calibre Programme is a leadership development programme for disabled staff. It aims to develop and implement strategies that reflect the unique challenges and experiences of disabled staff. It has been designed to address the distinct and often subtle barriers disabled staff face in the work place. The Calibre Programme imparts knowledge and techniques to overcome and master barriers when operating in the workplace.

The programme is delivered by Dr Ossie Stuart, an international disability consultant and academic, alongside the College's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre.

Calibre information

Focus of the Calibre Programme

The Calibre Programme builds on 21st-century thinking of disability leadership to ensure we see more disabled leaders in a variety of positions within the workplace. The programme places the Social Model of disability at the heart of the process. Using the Social Model of disability as the basis for the programme enables participants to see disability a distinctive strength. 

Calibre taster sessions

Focus of the Calibre taster sessions

The session is suitable for all staff who have a disability and would like to know more about the Calibre programme and how it can support them with their career development.  

Key areas covered in the session
• What is the Calibre Programme and how it can benefit me
• Hear from a Calibre alumni about their experience of the programme and how it has made a positive impact for them
• How managers can benefit from sending disabled staff on the programme
• Why Calibre has become so important to Imperial College and beyond

Who should attend

Staff and their managers from all departments at Imperial who wish to know what the real benefits of the programme are and why their support of it is essential for its future success. This Calibre information session will not last longer than 90 minutes.
In that time you will find out all you need to know about this leadership course and how supporting it will make your job that much easie

Calibre Dates

Calibre Dates

Please note:  these are seperate workshops. All Workshops must be attended in order to successfully complete the programme and receive the accredidtaion.

Calibre Taster Sessions
Taster Dates
28 November 2017
15 December 2017

Calibre Programme 2018
Course Dates
 17 January 2018 – Introduction: Disability to leadership, the fundamentals
24 January 2018 - Disability matters: real world leadership
14 February 2018 – Authentic Leadership
23 February 2018 – Leading in Practice
14 March 2018 – Leading in Practice Continued
26 March 2018 – Project Practise Workshop
20 April 2018  - Calibre Graduation
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Calibre Costs
 Internal  Free
 External  £1750.00
For any queries regarding the costs please email
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How to apply

How to apply

To apply for the Calibre programme 2018:

  • Simply express an interest to, which will then be followed up with an informal discussion via email or phone.
  • Fill out the online application form, or download and complete the Word application form (please see below)

Calibre Application Form 2018 (Word)

Calibre 2018 Online Application (Web)

Please return your completed Word form to the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre (EDIC) at or online by Friday 12 January at 12.00pm to secure your place. 

An example list of disabilities is available.