Supporting Neurodivergent PGRs

  • Free Online Discussion
  • Widening Participation & EDI
26 Oct 2023 
Free for Members 

The online discussion session, run in association with colleagues from Durham University, will examine issues surround how best to support neurodivergent PGRs. Attendees will also have opportunity to share and discuss challenges & successes in supporting neurodivergent PGRs in their own institutions.

Session Outline

This discussion session will focus on supporting an inclusive neurodiverse postgraduate community, with a specific focus on supporting neurodivergent postgraduate researchers.

The session will cover topics such as:

  • What is neurodiversity?
  • What are the barriers and facilitators to supporting neurodivergent postgraduate researchers?
  • What are the key considerations for postgraduate research students that might be different to the support needed for undergraduate or taught postgraduate students?
  • Considering a strengths-based approach to supporting neurodivergent postgraduate researchers.
  • Considerations for supervisors or neurodivergent students.
  • Examples of best practice in supporting neurodivergent postgraduate researchers.
  • What are the next steps we need to take to ensure neurodivergent postgraduate researchers can thrive when completing their postgraduate research?


  • Professor Debbie Riby

    Co-Director of the Centre for Neurodiversity and Development | Durham University
  • Dr Nikki Rutter

    Assistant Professor in Sociology | Durham University