New funded studentship awarded for ACoRNS

Emily Ellington has been awarded funding to study a 1+3 PhD

We are really pleased to have been awarded ESRC funding for a studentship from the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP). The studentship was awarded for a project titled: Falling through the gaps? Investigating the experiences of autistic young people within Care and Education Treatment Reviews. This project is a collaboration between ACoRNS and the Care and Education Treatment Reviews (CETR) team for the SHIP region (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth), and will start in September 2021. 

Emily Ellington has been awarded funding to study for a 1+3 PhD, which is a year of taught study on a Masters programme followed by three years of research. The project will be supervised by Dr Hanna Kovshoff in Psychology and Prof Sarah Parsons in Education, in collaboration with Jenni Ransom from the CETR team.

Emily has worked in the field of SEND & Inclusion for 12 years and is passionate about using research to inform policy and practice. Following a number of years working in schools, Emily transitioned to local government SEND services and worked ultimately as the Head of SEND & Inclusion for a large London authority. She has also worked internationally as the Corporate Head of Inclusion for GEMS Education based in the UAE. Emily greatly enjoys working in partnership with wide-ranging stakeholders is a proud Trustee of The Eden Academy: a family of 7 schools designated to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Emily says about joining ACoRNS for her Doctoral studies:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been offered the opportunity to pursue research directly related to current practice. Care and Education Treatment Reviews (CETRs) play a critical role in supporting children and young people with autism and/or learning disabilities but very little is known about their experiences of the process. The prominent work of the ACoRNS team concerning participatory research and the exciting partnership with Southampton CCG means this project may be able to capture findings that have significant national application. I cannot wait to get started!” Welcome Emily! We very much look forward to working with you in the autumn.