Dr Stephen Connolly

Lecturer Sheffield Hallam University SHU

Stephen is an autistic academic at Sheffield Hallam University, being the course leader on the MA Autism Spectrum degree, and lecturer on numerous other degree pathways. He has a keen interest in all things autism, with particular focus on inclusion in Higher Education. He comes from a Physical Education and Developmental Psychology background.

Stephen is heavily influenced by the “Actually Autistic” movement. He strives for accessible involvement in the full research process and firmly believes that autistic people should be the main stakeholders in autism research.

Stephen has recently completed his PhD, with his research titled “Inclusion of students that identify as autistic in Higher Education”

During the South Yorkshire Autism Fayre Online 2020, Stephen will speak about his experiences of Higher Education, as well as the best way to manage transitions for autistic people during this time.

Participants can submit any questions they have for Dr Stephen Connolly to contact@southyorkshireautismfayre.co.uk prior to the 31st August 2020. Due to time restrictions, not all questions will be able to be read out. However, questions will be screened, to ensure that the most popular themes are put to her live on the day.