Stephen is an autistic academic and has a keen interest in all things autism with particular focus on Emanciparticipatory research methods, research ethics and inclusion in Higher Education. He comes from a Physical Education and Developmental Psychology background.
My interest in autism and HE began while navigating university life as an autistic student studying Physical Education at Leeds Met. The challenges and success I experienced sparked an interest into how other autistic students experience HE.
Moving to Sheffield Hallam to gain my MA Autism Spectrum degree has led to a career researching autism and HE.
My work is heavily influenced by the "Actually Autistic" movement and Emancipatory and Participatory movements. I strive for accessible involvement in the full research process and firmly believe that autistic people should be the main stakeholders in autism research.
My PhD research is titled "Inclusion of students that identify as autistic in Higher Education"
I am a member of the Sheffield Hallam Autism Research Partnership, SHU Disability Research Forum and the Equality and Social Justice Research Group.
Course Leader MA Autism Spectrum
Leading, teaching and tutoring on MA Autism Spectrum
Module leading, teaching and tutoring on undergraduate elective modules in autism and challenging behaviour as part of BA Childhood Studies and BA Early Childhood Studies
Tutoring for Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
Dissertation supervising on BA Education Studies & BA Education, Psychology and Counselling.
Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Social Sciences and Humanities
Currently working on projects with South Yorkshire Police and Humberside Police on police training, sensory challenges and specialist interviewing.
Autism, Education, Research methods, Ethics
MA Autism Spectrum
BA Education Studies
Psychology and Counselling
BA Childhood Studies/Early Childhood Studies
Inclusion of Students who identify as Autistic in Higher Education.
ESRC Festival of Social Science 'My Autism Soapbox' November 2017 funded by ESRC
ESRC Festival of Social Science 'Autistic Voices Tell All' November 2016 funded by ESRC
ESRC Festival of Social Science 'A Letter to my autistic self' November 2015 funded by ESRC
The National Autism Show presenter 'transitions and best practice' June 2014 funded by AskAutism
Have worked with the BBC training presenters and crew around autism and sensory issue.
Consultant for BBC radio Sheffield presenter of Nowt So Strange As Folk!