PhD studentship for research supporting autistic students

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School

University of Bath

Apply for a three year studentship to further research supporting students on the autism spectrum to access and succeed in higher education.

The project

Many autistic people have the capability to go to university and express the desire to do so. However, the social communication and interaction difficulties represent a genuine barrier to participation.

In the Centre for Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) we run an autism summer school for young people with autism thinking of going to university. We have run this for the past four years, with 30 students each year and it has been a huge success and noted as good practice by Athena Swan.

We work with charities, the NHS as well as student disability services to provide a comprehensive and supportive experience for the students.

The proposed studentship would develop the work that has been initiated by the autism summer school. Autistic students are more likely to be drawn to universities with strengths in science and engineering, such as Bath, and this studentship would focus upon access for this group.

Key questions include:

- How to best support students on the autism spectrum transitioning to university?
- How to best support students at university to succeed at university?
- What if students choose not to disclose their autism?


The Centre for Applied Autism Research at the University of Bath was formally launched in 2016 and is a vibrant research environment for staff and students. We have regular meetings and external talks as well as excellent links with agencies beyond the University.

You will work alongside researchers from the Centre for Applied Autism Research. This includes Professor Mark Brosnan, Dr Chris Ashwin, Dr Ailsa Russell, Dr Katie Mara and Dr Rachel Hiller.

Award funding

If successful, you will be supported for three years. Funding includes:

- £14,296 (2016/17 rate) per year stipend
- Home/EU tuition fees
- an annual Training Support Grant

Terms and conditions and details of other awards can be found on the Graduate School website.

Funding requirements

To be considered for this funding you must:

- meet the entrance requirements for a Psychology PhD
- possess a solid understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods

We will look favourably on applications that can demonstrate:

- experience with autism
- experience with access or transition to education

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)

Contacts and how to apply

Administrative contact and how to apply:

1. Apply to study
You must apply online for a full-time Psychology PhD.

You must quote the project title (supporting autistic students) in your application.

There is no need to write a full formal research proposal(2,000-3,000 words) in your application to study as this studentship is for a specific project.

2. Provide a personal statement
As part of your application please provide a personal statement of 500-1,000 words with your initial thoughts on the research topic.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12.00 noon (GMT) on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Interviews are preliminarily scheduled for 15-17 March 2017.

The studentship will begin either 1 June 2017. Please indicate on your application whether you are able to start by the 1st June 2017. Preference may be given to a suitable candidate able to start this academic year.

Informal enquiries
Project enquiries

Application enquiries

01225 38 5233

Application deadline:

28 February 2017