Neurodiversity for research students and their supervisors

New to 2018, these are two day-long workshops created by Chloe and Annette in conjunction with Professor Nicola Shaughnessy from the Playing A/Part and Imagining Autism projects.

  1. Neurodiversity Matters for Students: Knowledge and practical skills for neurodivergent students engaging in research
  2. Neurodiversity Matters for Supervisors: Knowledge and practical skills for supervisors of neurodivergent students engaging in research


These two day courses are an introduction to neurodiversity in HE, enhancing understanding of different learning styles and preferences, the challenges ND students encounter in pursuing research and advice on support strategies. Key topics covered:

      • What is neurodiversity?
        Historical contexts and the social model of disability
        Alternative ways of conceptualising neurological and psychological divergence
        Everyday stigma/othering
        Languages: interactional expertise
        Different learning styles and strategies
        Student experiences
        Participatory research strategies

Preparatory information will be sent out in advance and participants are requested to notify us of any additional needs. Reading lists will be provided as a follow up but preparatory reading can be found online:

You can also download a document Chloe has compiled for neurodivergent PhD students for viva adjustments (much of this guidance can also be applied to review meetings, and general supervisory meetings).

To discuss  delivering any of Chloe and Annette’s workshops or talks please contact us here: 

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