Booking open for two free autism ESRC Festival events, Sheffield, November 2016

The Autism Centre invites you to attend two ESRC Social Science Festival Events. Please circulate amongst your networks

Booking open now at:


Life at university: autistic voices reveal all

Location: Sheffield Date: 7 November 2016 Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Higher education positions itself as an accessible environment for learning. For some this has been the case, but for others higher education has been anything but.

This event will introduce the audience to my PhD research on how autistic students experience life at university. Alongside some of the students who are participating in my research we will share some of our experiences as autistic students studying at university. We will then use these as a starting point for a facilitated audience discussion.

This event will reflect back our experiences (both good and bad) to enable a discussion around accessibility and inclusion of individuals who identify as autistic. Professionals dictate the Autism agenda, and this event will be a rare opportunity to hear autistic people talking and researching for themselves. The event is being held at Hallam to reflect the environment under debate.

Further information

  • Contact: Mr Stephen Connolly
  • Email:
  • Venue: Sheffield Institute of Education, 133 Charles Street, Sheffield S1 2ND
  • Event venue open to the public during open hours 8.00-19.00, this includes prior to the event.


Booking now open at:


Exploring autism in the cinema

Location: Sheffield Date: 5 November 2016 Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Film plays a very significant role in shaping how we understand and respond to autism. Representations of autism on TV and in the cinema get everyone talking.

From Elvis to The A Word, Hannah Ebben, a PhD student at The Autism Centre, will explore with the audience her research on the different ways in which autism has been conceptualised and represented in film, and together we will consider the impact of these images on the lives of people who identify as autistic and their families. Sheffield has a committed autism community, and this event will provide Hannah with an opportunity to introduce her research to them.

The event will take place in Sheffield Hallam’s own cinema, The Void, to introduce a new audience to this little-known gem. After Hannah’s presentation, Professor Nick Hodge will facilitate an audience discussion on the issues raised.

Further information




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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