New Research Assistant Post

New Research Assistant post available for a study exploring support for adults with learning disabilities to find loving relationships

We are looking for a Full time Research Assistant to help us:

·         explore the experiences and social care needs of adults with IDD in relation to finding partners, forming and maintaining long term relationships.
·         investigate the model of specialist dating agencies for people with IDD, in particular their funding and staffing structures, their longevity and ‘success’ rate.
·         explore with social care practitioners and family carers the myriad ways in which they could, and perhaps, do support adults with IDD to form and maintain relationships.
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Learning Disability Secure Conference

Last Friday Prof Murphy was keynote speaker at the Learning Disability Secure Network’s conference on Community Forensic Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities, in Nottingham. There were 70 people in the audience and other speakers came from the Birmingham and the Northamptonshire Community Forensic Services,  and the Nottinghamshire CJS Liaison and Diversion Service.  Lisa Proctor from Health Education England also spoke on the knowledge and skills framework for community forensic services.
Delegates were reminded that the Tizard Centre is now running an MA and an MSc in IDD and Forensic Issues
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Autism MOOC

MOOCs are massive open online courses. Participants join the online course and meet other learners from around the world. Learning is as easy and natural as chatting with a group of friends.  They learn with experts who’ll share their experience through videos, articles, quizzes and discussions.

This MOOC on Understanding Autism had been designed by Tizard Centre at the University of Kent.  It is free to join and runs from 13 November for 4 weeks.  International participants are particularly welcome.

The MOOC has been co-designed with autistic people and will cover:

  • What is autism… and does it exist?
  • Social communication skills
  • Sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours
  • Co-occurring conditions
  • Strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum
  • Lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

Participants study in their own time (roughly 4 hours per week to cover the materials).  If you have any queries please contact Dr Jill Bradshaw at
To register/enroll or to look at the online information:

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PhD Scholarships at the Tizard Centre

We are now inviting applications for PhD scholarships for 2018/19 in applied psychology, community care, intellectual and developmental disabilities or mental health.  The deadline for these applications is the 19 January 2018.

Please refer to our website for details as to which academic staff are accepting new PhD students.

For full details regarding the scholarships link to our web page

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Mind the Gap – Theatre Group

Mind the Gap, works in partnership with learning-disabled artists to create exciting, surprising and challenging experiences for regional, national and international audiences and will be coming to the Gulbenkian Theatre on Wednesday 25 October, 10:00-12:00 hrs.

For arts practitioners, students, teachers and facilitators, led by Mind the Gap
A workshop co-facilitated with learning-disabled artists from Mind the Gap, exploring how to make artistic practice more inclusive for participants with learning disabilities. Explore the meaning of inclusive practice, different barriers and how to overcome them, non-verbal techniques, accessibility tools & technology and the importance of ensemble and equality. The workshop will contain practical exercises, discussion and the opportunity to debate barriers to inclusive practice in your work. Book your place with Neelam Saredia, Creative Learning Assistant at Please note this is workshop is free for MIA ticket-holders.

For more information:

MIA Performance, Gulbenkian Theatre, Weds 25th October7.30pm
Followed by a post-show talk with the company. Book tickets through Gulbenkian box office.

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Welcome to the Tizard

The first of our cohorts (PG) started with us on 18 September 2017 so a big welcome to them and to all other students who will be starting with us over the next few weeks.

Each year we run a research seminar series which is open to everyone with a varied list of of  speakers, both internal and well-known academics.   To see what we have lined up for 2017/18 please see our web page:

If you wish to attend any of these events please email  These are free and open to all so please do come along.  It is a good opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to network with other practitioners.


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Service provider focus groups on monitoring quality and outcomes

Call for participants
Service provider focus groups on monitoring quality and outcomes
Following the Winterbourne View scandal, transforming care for people with learning disabilities or autism and challenging behaviour or a mental health condition is a national priority. The national transformation plan Building the Right Support sets an ambition to close 35-50% of inpatient capacity in three years, and drive improved quality of care and quality of life, and reduce reliance on inpatient care at the local level.

The Quality and Outcomes Research Unit at the University of Kent is conducting a study to gather the views of community-based service providers on the ways quality of support and outcomes are currently monitored. This is part of a broader scoping and feasibility study, which will inform recommendations as to the possible design for the large-scale Transforming Care evaluation. The study is funded by the Department of Health and been approved by the Tizard Research Ethics Committee and Kent Research Governance committee.

As part of this study we would like to invite you to take part in a focus group to discuss topics related to the monitoring of quality of support and outcomes in services for people with learning disabilities, autism or both. Focus groups will bring together representatives responsible for quality assurance and monitoring in organisations from different sectors and of different sizes.  We are particularly looking to include organisations which provide support for those who are considered to show behaviour that can be described as challenging and those who are currently providing support for people who have at some point been in inpatient services, or are at risk of being admitted to inpatient services.

Focus groups will take place on the following dates:

Date Time Venue
1 4th September 2017 11.00 – 13.00 London School of Economics – Connaught House Room CON.7.04
2 6th September 2017 11.00 – 13.00 London School of Economics – Connaught House Room CON.7.04
  1. Connaught House is fully accessible and is marked CON on the campus map

The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Julie Beadle-Brown and it is expected to last up to 2 hours. Refreshments will be provided and participants’ organisations will receive a payment to cover expenses.

If you are interested in taking part in one of the focus groups, please contact Agnes Turnpenny at , before the 28  August 2017, indicating your preferred date and any additional requirements.

We look forward to hearing from you
Professor Julie Beadle-Brown


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Vacancy for Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in ABA/PBS

The Tizard Centre is seeking to appoint a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with a focus on Applied Behaviour Analysis and/or Positive Behaviour Support.

Candidates will be expected to contribute to teaching, research and consultancy in intellectual and developmental disabilities with particular reference to applied behaviour analysis and/or positive behaviour support. Candidates will need to be board certified or eligible for board certification in behaviour analysis (BCBA/BCBA-D).

Candidates with a relevant professional background but with limited recent research experience may be considered for a Teaching and Scholarship appointment.

Further Information:,4058252513&key=50382801&c=792188799836&pagestamp=sekmqkduhspkxcbtvh
Start date for applications: 29 June 2017
Closing date for applications: 1 August 2017
Interviews are to be held: 30 August 2017

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Understand and supporting children and adults on the autism spectrum

The University of Kent and Kent County Council are working together to provide free training for those providing support to children and adults with autism in Kent.  Julie Beadle-Brown from the Tizard Centre will be providing the training with financial,  administrative and marketing support from Kent County Council. The University are sponsoring the event by providing the Woolf Lecture Theatre for both days.  The training will take the form of a one day workshop, with one workshop running on  the 13 July and a second opportunity to attend on the 14 July 2017.  
For further information please see  the event flyer  below 
To book a place please download the booking form, complete and return to Kent County Council.
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Skills, strengths and needs of practitioners and teams

Skills, strengths and needs of practitioners and teams providing PBS to children & young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Dear Colleague
Are you a professional using PBS to support children and young people with learning disabilities or Autism Spectrum Condition?   
Does this describe what you do? 
“I use PBS to support other people who provide direct care (family caregivers and/or staff) to children or young people with learning disabilities or Autism Spectrum Condition or to other members of my team who have this kind of role.” 
Then you might like to take part in the survey.
What’s it about? 
The survey asks about your role and team (where relevant) and allows you to rate your skills, experience, confidence and training needs in relation to different aspects of PBS.
Why survey this? 
PBS is increasingly recognised as the preferred approach for supporting those with behaviour that challenges yet little is known about the skills and need of practitioners providing this in the UK (especially for children and young people).The survey aims to find out more about this to help inform future training and support for practitioners. So hopefully a good opportunity to express some of what you do and say what you need to keep getting better at it!
What does it involve?
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. It includes mostly Likert-scale ratings with a small number of open qualitative response sections. All responses are made anonymously and should be relatively easy to make.
Do I have to take part?
It is your choice whether to take part. You can miss out questions you do not want to answer or terminate your involvement at any stage. Your decision will not affect whether you can continue to take part in this network or its activities.
Other information?
If you would like any additional information, would like to ask a question or have any concerns or complaints please do not hesitate to get in touch (, Telephone: 01227 827755).
Next Steps 
If you would like to take part in the survey please click on the link below to access the google form.
If you would like to complete the survey as a paper form please contact me and I will send this with a pre-paid return envelope.  If you do have any concerns or complaints and I am not available you can leave a message with Jo Ruffels, Secretary of the Ethics Committee (01227 827955)

Nick Gore

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