Tizard PhD Studentship announced

We are pleased to invite applications for the Tizard PhD Studentship. The Tizard Centre is one of the leading academic groups concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside academics renowned nationally and internationally for their contributions to the field. The Tizard Centre offers the following research programmes on a full or part-time basis:

  • Community Care
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Applied Psychology
  • Mental Health of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

For further information about the Tizard Centre, the academic staff and the research we undertake, please see our website.

We welcome applications concerning all aspects of research into intellectual and developmental disabilities, but the academic staff named below indicate their particular interests:

Dr Peter Baker on emotional support of staff working in services for people with intellectual disabilities who present challenging behaviour.

Dr Magali Barnoux on people with IDD in the criminal justice system, in terms of offending behaviour, victims, and/or witnesses.

Dr Jill Bradshaw on the broad areas of communication and interaction and people with intellectual disabilities and autistic people; person-centred approaches, including person-centred active support; communication and behaviours of challenge; communication and positive behaviour support; augmentative and alternative communication; co-production; families; user views; early intervention

Professor Michelle McCarthy on the broad areas of relationships and sexuality; abuse; sexual and reproductive health, especially for women with learning disabilities, reproductive rights for women with learning disabilities (abortion, sterilization), media representations of people with learning disabilities.

Dr Damian Milton on autism in a social and cultural context, ‘critical autism studies’, participatory research and the autistic ‘voice’, qualitative research in the field of autism, autism and empathy, educational approaches, and mentoring practices.

Dr Ciara Padden on behavioural interventions for children and adults with ASD or developmental disabilities; parent and staff training in behavioural interventions; and health and well-being of parents and carers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Professor Chrissie Rogers (joins Tizard Centre as new Director Jan 2020) on the broad areas of education, inclusion, criminal justice, mothering, care ethics.

Dr Paraskevi Triantafyllopoulou on health related issues and psychological interventions for both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (e.g large scale GP health related data, sleep, cancer, eating disorders, obesity etc.); educational settings/ approaches for autistic individuals; bullying; online safety; older adults and dementia; autism diagnosis.

The award will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend based on the current ESRC studentship maintenance. For more information and details about the application process, please visit our Scholarship pages.

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Launch of International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC)

IMARC is designed to bring together learning, research and practice through collaboration with already well-established international partners, governments, NGO’s and other universities.  As an interdisciplinary full-time programme, it will prepare students for the current demands in the field of border crossing, security and social justice.  Addressing these issues from a European and global perspective, experts in the field of international criminology are working together in one joint international educational programme. Through adopting a transnational lens, mobility between the three universities and to other countries is at the heart of the programme.

Both in a theoretical and in a practical perspective, IMARC covers a range of themes, including theory and methodology, geo-politics, cities and urban transformations, inclusion and exclusion, migration, human smuggling and trafficking, culture and hybrid identities, radicalisation and extremism, European Union law and policy on justice and home affairs, and regulation and control.  Students choose a thematic track in the second semester and participate in a mandatory Common Session in Critical Criminology, which is a twice-yearly conference for students and staff.

Kent’s School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Research will deliver the ‘Border crossing – theory, culture, power, and the global’ component of the programme. Here students focus on criminology in which critical, global and cultural aspects interact and pay greater attention to social justice, democracy, equality and rights.

For further information about the programmes, please visit: https://www.internationalmastercriminology.eu/

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Seminar seeks to improve palliative care practice in Croatia

Professor David Oliver has recently been in Cakovec in Croatia leading a Study Day on Palliative Care within the county of Medimurje.  The day was part of a two-day seminar organised by Renata Mardetko Bermanec, a nurse who studied at the University of Kent. Renata is one of the only professionals in Croatia to have a postgraduate qualification in palliative care – the MSc in Supportive and Palliative care from Kent.

David is Honorary Professor at the Tizard Centre and has been visiting Croatia and helping to develop palliative care services since 2000. He was accompanied by Anke Bohn, a home care nurse for the Ellenor Foundation in Dartford.

The day was attended by 100 people from the local area and other parts of Croatia.

David spoke of the day:

“We were very pleased to have the opportunity to share our UK experience with Croatia.  Palliative care is developing and this meeting gave the opportunity to enable further discussion about the way forward.  We were so pleased that the County Mayor, local health leaders and a representative from the Ministry of Health were there to support the day. With all this support and enthusiasm palliative care is now developing and spreading, so that more patients and their families can benefit from improved care .”

David is an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre. David has written and spoken widely on the palliative care of people with neurological disease, and in particular motor neurone disease.  He speaks regularly at international and national congresses. He is Chair of a task force of the European Association for Palliative Care and the European Academy of Neurology on neurological palliative care.

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Narratives of old age and gender

Emeritus Professor Julia Twigg was an invited speaker at the British Academy Conference Narratives of Ageing and Gender.

The high profile cross-disciplinary event drew together work across the humanities and social sciences to ask how gendered cultural narratives can be crucial for gerontological debate. An interview discussing the conference’s topics can be viewed on the Age Buster blog.


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‘Digital ruins’. Researching the abandoned and nearly abandoned virtual worlds

Dr Vince Miller, Reader in Sociology and Cultural Studies at SSPSSR, has published a new article which investigates the ruins and abandoned spaces of the virtual world.

Read the full article on Sage Journals

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