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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. This includes having disabilities or health conditions relating to COVID-19, i.e. long COVID.
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 those barriers. 

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.

For 2023, all workshops as part of the programme will take place online using Zoom unless communicated otherwise.


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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 as a distinctive strength. 

Dates for the next Calibre programme

Please note the dates below are provisional and subject to change.

The programme consists of six workshops, individual one-to-one sessions and two CPD sessions spread over a few months.

All workshops will be delivered online from 10.00 – 14.00, except the Workshops 3 - Calibre Awayday (10.00 - 16.00), Workshop 5 - Presentation skills (10.00 - 17.00), and Calibre Graduation (10.00 - 13.00) which will be face-to-face. All workshops must be attended in order to successfully complete the programme and receive accreditation. 

As part of the programme, delegates will be undertaking personal projects which will require them to commit time outside of the core sessions.

Calibre Online workshop timetable
Core Workshop 1 - Introduction to Calibre 21 April 2023
Core Workshop 2 - Disability, leadership and how to manage change 3 May 2023
Core Workshop 3 - Calibre Awayday (face-to-face, external venue) 10 May 2023
Core Workshop 4 - Understanding the legal context of disability 17 May 2023
Core Workshop 5 -  Personal projects confidence 24 May 2023
Core Workshop 6 -  Presentation skills (face-to-face) 21 June 2023
Graduation preparation session 4 July 2023
Calibre Graduation (face-to-face) 13 July 2023
CPD Session 1 17 July 2023
CPD Session 2 19 July 2023
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There will also be individual one-to-one sessions available to help assist with personal projects throughout the course and will be arranged between the delegate and lead facilitator. 

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 are now open. Deadline for applications is Friday 24 March 2023 at 17.00.

If you are interested in the programme or have any questions, please contact the EDI Centre.