When 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nov 17, 2022
Where Virtual
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"Disability in Higher Education"

Dr. Nicole Brown
University College London

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From statistics we know that disclosure rates amongst postgraduate research students in higher education are much lower than in the general population or amongst undergraduate students, and that academic staff are even less likely to disclose needs. However, there is no evidence that invisible disabilities are less prevalent in higher education. 

In this presentation, Nicole will draw on her extensive research to highlight the plight of those with disabilities, chronic illnesses and/or neurodivergences in higher education. She will commence with an introduction to the definitional difficulties of "disability" as a term, before exploring some of the issues individuals encounter. She will then present her concept of looking at disclosure as a cost-benefit analysis to gradually ease delegates into what may be done to develop a somewhat different disability imaginary of the future.


Dr Nicole Brown is Director of Social Research & Practice and Education Ltd and Associate Professor at University College London. Nicole’s creative and research work relate to physical and material representations of experiences, the generation of knowledge and use of metaphors to express what is difficult to express, and more generally, research methods and approaches to explore identity and body work.

Her books include Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education, Ableism in Academia: Theorising Experiences of Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses in Higher EducationEmbodied Inquiry: Research Methods, and Making the Most of Your Research Journal. Her next book is Photovoice, Reimagined.

Nicole's creative nonfiction has been published in the Journal of Participatory Research MethodsSo Fi Zine and The AutoEthnographer.

She tweets as @ncjbrown and @AbleismAcademia