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Doctoral College to showcase disability research at upcoming event

This month, the Doctoral College will host 'Disability Research at Loughborough' – a showcase of outstanding research focused on physical and mental disabilities.

Taking place on Thursday 26 November from 1pm-4pm, the online event will be open to staff and students from all Schools and Professional Services.

The event has been organised by Dr Katryna Kalawsky who was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence last year, enabling her to run the showcase through its support.

The following Doctoral Researchers will present thought-provoking and inspiring talks on the day: Amber Guest, Kim Hutton, Simon Briley, Lesley Sharpe, Chloe Blackwell, Eva Rodgers, Victor Jeganathan and Tigmanshu Bhatnagar.

These talks will explore a wide variety of topics including families raising children with autism, breaking down exclusion barriers, physical activity in a secure psychiatric hospital, the mental health of truck drivers, and shoulder pain in wheelchair athletes. 

There will also be the opportunity to hear about disability support available to staff and students at Loughborough University and the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Event organiser Dr Kalawsky commented: “This new multi-disciplinary event will shine the spotlight on excellent doctoral research whilst celebrating and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion – something of utmost importance to Loughborough University.”

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development Adèle MacKinlay commented: “As the University’s Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, I’m delighted to learn more about a number of topics in the disability space from our Doctoral Researchers. What our research tells us will help shape the inclusive environment and culture that Loughborough prides itself on and inform our thinking for the future”.

Vice-Chancellor Robert Allison added: "Loughborough University works hard to be a welcoming, inclusive and diverse community. Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are prestigious and I am delighted to see that Dr Kalawsky has used this opportunity to showcase some of the outstanding work that we have to support people with disabilities, their families and friends."

To register your place, please fill out the online booking form.