Liberating the Curriculum: Ableism in Academia

This is an extract from a guest interview on the Liberating the Curriculum website of UCL published in relation to my ableism in academia work. In this post, I reflect on my ableism work, how I came about to take a leading role in the activism around ableism in academia. 

Conferencing “disabled style”

This is an extract from a guest post on the Conference Inference blog published upon invitation in relation to my ableism in academia work. In this post, I illustrate what it means to do conferencing "disabled style", when your body and/or mind are not typical, and what the realities are of navigating and negotiating conference spaces under the influence of visible and invisible conditions.

Disclosure Dances in Doctoral Education

Disclosure dances - I am inviting you to take in part in my research project. Information, contact details and consent form available from here.

Bodies and buildings: How the chronically ill or disabled experience buildings in academia

Bodies and buildings - I am inviting you to take in part in my research project. Information, contact details and consent form available from here.

LEGO® reflections in Higher Education

This is a guest post on the Advance HE website published after I had delivered a successful workshop at the HEA Annual Conference demonstrating how to use LEGO reflections in higher education.

Guest post: Creativity in the Curriculum – An Exam Production-Line

In this guest post Dr Helen Ross reflects on the exam production line of our current school system.

Creative output: “I need duvet days” – Chronically ill academics

This is an example for analysis within Embodied Inquiry from my research with chronically ill academics. The illustrated poem was created from the transcripts of conversations with chronically ill academics and an arts-based approach to making sense of data.

NADSN Position Paper

The National Association of Disabled Staff Networks (NADSN) has produced a COVID-19 post-lockdown position paper. In this paper, NADSN’s observations about the lived experiences of disabled people during COVID-19 are discussed alongside considerations of the changing workplace and relevant policies and practices. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations concerning disabled staff.

Invisible disabilities in academia

This is a contribution to Times Higher Education from February 2018 about invisible disabilities in the higher education sector.

Strategies to manage academic life

This is a post I wrote in July 2018 about how neurodiverse, chronically ill and disabled academics manage their academic life. This was published as a guest post on the Chronically Academic blog.

Innovative research methods

This is a call for contributions of max. 8000 words to "Failures and fallacies of innovative research methods . If you are interested in exploring your failures and fallacies regarding innovative research methods submit your abstract here.
Word DOCX template to maintain a research pipeline

The research pipeline: managing the publications process

This post outlines how to maintain a research pipeline to plan and manage publications systematically and links to a word template.

Article: Embodied reflection within dance training

This article explores where the somatically inspired pedagogy of teaching reflective practice through a creative and embodied approach sits within dance training.

Teaching international students

I have been asked about strategies for teaching international students. In principle, we should continue focussing on group work and sharing experiences and thus building collaborative, reflective practices. So the strategies I am presenting here for teaching international students are merely a reminder of good teaching practice, as they will be beneficial for all students.

Article: Using LEGO® to understand emotion work

This paper presents how LEGO® can be used in workshops to explore doctoral students’ emotions around the complex and solitary experience of a PhD research.

Article: Making academia more accessible

The remit of this paper is to provide practical ideas and recommendations to address accessibility issues in events and conferences as a first step to improving existing working conditions.