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Surprising new skills – learning to write scripts as part of the DISC project

Jen Remnant A key deliverable of the DISC project is a suite of training materials informed by the data we have collected and co-developed with our user led research team. An element of this training is immersive virtual reality which invites attendees to interact with environments that can be disabling for some colleagues. One of the environments is an office and the other is […]


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Making sense of DISC data

Jen Remnant, @JK_Remnant We are over half way through the DISC project. The first phase of baseline data collection has concluded, though Abraham our PhD student is continuing with his fieldwork. The data we have collected is primarily what is called ‘qualitative’ data. Unlike ‘quantitative’ data, which is numerical, we were looking to find out […]


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Meeting the team: Marion Hersh

Marion is a Senior Lecturer (Biomedical Engineering) at Glasgow University, she is also an active member of UCU Scotland, for whom she was the Equality Officer. 1. What interested you in doing research relating to disability / the DISC project?  I am a disabled academic working in STEM. I am committed to change, overcoming injustice etc. […]


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Inclusivity and academic funding

Jen discusses how to pay for inclusive workspaces One of the significant areas of discussion as part of the DISC project is how to fund workspaces to improve inclusivity and accessibility. We receive regular queries about whether funding for environmental alterations should be paid for by an individual working from their own research funding, the […]


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Meeting the team: Kate Sang

Prof Kate Sang is the Project Director for DISC What interested you in doing research relating to disability/the DISC project? I first became interested in researching disability at work through some earlier work led by Dr James Richards on neurodiversity. What became clear was that there is very little research exploring disability and employment, particularly highly […]


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Developing training

DISC has the central aim of improving disability inclusive practices, initially in our host institutions of Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, and widening beyond to other universities. A feature of this will be the delivery of tailored organisational training to increase research leaders’ disability literacy.  There are lots of challenges when designing training. […]


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Meeting the Team: Frédéric Bosché

Fred is a co-investigator on the DISC project What interested you in doing research relating to disability / the DISC project? I was interested for two reasons. First, there was the opportunity to continue develop some VR technology (along with a VR game) we had developed and have it applied in another field; but the project scope […]


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Meeting the team: James Richards

James is a co-investigator on the DISC project What interested you in doing research relating to disability / the DISC project? My interest in such research goes back to the days when my son was having difficulties at school and it turned out he was heading for a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. As a concerned parent […]


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