I completed my undergraduate studies at Keele University (BSc Psychology & Education Studies) and chose to return after completing an MSc Education Studies (Research Design and Methodology) at the University of Oxford. My research interests lie within Social and Developmental Psychology and mainly focus upon the experience of under represented groups within educational settings. My current research focuses on the experience of students with a disability within UK Higher Education using Social Identity Theory and Social Representation Theory to explore ‘disabled student’ identities. With previous research focusing on other underrepresented groups such as those from low Socio-economic backgrounds. I am a Visually Impaired student myself and currently based in DH0.34 with my Guide Dog, Summer and Support Assistant, Ana. Alongside my PhD I am currently part of a government ’steering group’ focusing on the reform of Disabled Students Allowance. as well as undertaking Ambassador roles for Guide Dogs UK, Paracheer International and Momentum Cheer UK (Stoke on Trent).
PhD Title: Aspirations and Adjustment of Students with Disabilities in UK Higher Education: Psychological Transitions through a Socially Constructed World