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Introducing Calibre

Calibre is a talent development and leadership programme for staff who identify as neurodiverse or disabled, or who have a long term physical or mental health condition.
Calibre 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 workplace. The Calibre programme imparts knowledge and techniques to overcome and master barriers when operating in the workplace.

The programme has been developed and is delivered by Dr Ossie Stuart, an international disability consultant and academic, in partnership with Imperial's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre.

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Focus of Calibre

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

90 minute taster sessions are offered each year so interested individuals can gain a better understanding of the Calibre programme and how it can support them with their career development. 

Managers of disabled staff who are interested in the programme are also very much encourage to attend.

Key areas covered in a taster session 

  • What is the Calibre Programme and how it can benefit me?
  • Hear from a Calibre alumni about their experience and how the programme 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 and beyond

To book on to the taster session please click on the following link: My Training

Dates for the next Calibre Programme

Please note:  each date is a separate workshop.

All workshops must be attended in order to successfully complete the programme and receive the accreditation.

Calibre Programme 2020 
Workshop Dates
24 January 2020 – Introduction: Disability to leadership, the fundamentals
31 January 2020 - Disability matters: real-world leadership
12 February 2020 – Authentic Leadership (TBC subject to change)
19 February 2020 – Leading in Practice
17 March 2020 – Leading in Practice Continued
15 April 2020  - Calibre Graduation (TBC subject to change)
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Calibre Taster Session
Taster  Dates
01 November 2019
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How much does Calibre cost?

For internal delegates, i.e. Imperial staff, Calibre is free to attend.

We do accept external delegates on Calibre, at a cost of £1,750.00.

For any queries regarding the costs please email

How to apply for Calibre

Applications for the 2020 Calibre Programme are now open. The deadline for applications is 5 pm, Friday 06 December 2019.

To book on to the taster session please click on the following link: My Training

If you want to attend the full programme, please complete the online Calibre 2020 registration form.

If you are interested but have questions or want to talk to someone, then please get in touch with the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Centre: