Goodbye and research

Hi everyone

I’m posting here to let you know that I will be leaving the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University for pastures new.  My new role will be Director of Counselling Studies at the University of Keele, and although I’m sad to leave Sheffield Hallam, I’m looking forward to this new challenge.

My colleagues at the Autism Centre and I are intending to continue working together, and I plan to stay active in autism – in practice, research and teaching. So I’m not disappearing from the autism world altogether.

Jill Smith will be taking over as course leader for the MA Autism, and I am sure she’ll do a fantastic job!

Many of you have participated in my research about the counselling experiences of autistic clients, and I am really appreciative of your contributions. The qualitative survey is still open and you can give your views here:

Please note that survey responses are anonymous and therefore I can’t email you back! If you want to contact me about the research, please email me on

With very best wishes to you all

Anja Rutten


About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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