Neurodiversity in Higher Education Conference

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To celebrate the achievements of the project, and to share our findings with interested people, we organised the Neurodiversity in Higher Education conference on 15th September 2023 in Bristol.

Participants

We invited researchers, higher education professionals, neurodivergent students, and community members to come and talk to us about neurodiversity in higher education, broadly defined. We had:

  • 28 speakers, of whom more than half were neurodivergent themselves
  • 20 posters
  • 95 people attending in person
  • Nearly 300 people accessing the talks online
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Topics covered

Talks covered topics as wide ranging as:

  • Neurodivergent academics connecting online
  • Experiences of women with ADHD in university
  • The viva process for neurodivergent PhD students
  • Unanswered questions about Developmental Language Disorder in higher education
  • ¬†Intersectionality between neurodivergence and minority status
  • Neuro-affirmative practices in higher education
  • Mentoring for neurodivergent students

Feedback

Attendees were overwhelmingly positive in their feedback about the day. Everyone who completed our feedback forms said that they would recommend the event to a colleague, giving it an average of 9.8/10 rating. Comments included:

  • It was a very inclusive and welcoming environment. Interesting and engaging presentations. Positive networking.
  • Warm, friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Fascinating papers from diverse angles.
  • The amount of work that went into making sure everything was accessible was amazing. It was good to see that one of the key points from the talks (making everything accessible as standard rather than as exception) was so much in force. The range of talks was excellent.
  • ¬†It was fantastic to be in a conference with people from lots of disciplines in HE all sharing a common aim. It was great to hear about so many initiatives.
  • I leave the event feeling inspired, engaged and validated. Thank you very much.

If you are interested in finding out more about how the day went, see tweets/Xs with hashtag #NDinHE.