Update: World AIDS Day event; survey

Tonight: World AIDS Day event – Patent Fever: HIV/AIDS and the epidemic of intellectual property

World AIDS Day ribbon

Dr Mike Upton is a Mildred Blaxter Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London where his research focuses on HIV/AIDS, access to medicines and intellectual property. With a background in anthropology, his work draws connections between what is termed ‘the second enclosures’ of the intellectual commons, medical innovation and inequalities of access to treatment in the context of HIV/AIDS.

Dr Upton will introduce a screening of a short documentary on campaigns in South Africa for access to antiretroviral and tuberculosis treatment which will be followed by a question and answer session.

Emeritus Professor David Maughan Brown will introduce Dr Upton and chair the question and answer session. The event has been organised by the LGBT Staff Network as part of the University’s programme for Disability Week and will take place at 18:00 tonight.

You can book a free ticket now.

Survey on sexual orientation and gender identity in post-school education

Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post School Education logo

The Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post School Education are running a survey on the perceptions of experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity amongst staff and learners in post-school education. For more information on the Forum, see their website.

Higher education students took an associated survey last year, but now they’re targeting staff. For more information, contact Steve Hartshorn at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (steve.hartshorn@niace.org.uk). To participate, visit the survey page.

World AIDS Day stall

North Yorkshire AIDS Action logo

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped on the stall yesterday, and to those who supported it! We will upload a few photos and the slideshow and let you know how much was raised for North Yorkshire AIDS Action in due course.

Ynda Jas

Founding Secretary of the LGBT Staff Network and former Equality Champion for Registry, where I was based in the Academic Quality Support team. Also founder of York LGBTQ+ History and Non-binary London, and DJ coordinator at Bar Wotever, an iconic weekly queer cabaret event. They/them.

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