Take part in research: experiences of people with spina bifida in higher education science subjects

21st May 2024


Thomas Mitchell is a doctoral student at Bournemouth University conducting some research into the higher education experiences of people with spina bifida. He is focussing particularly on those who have studied, are currently studying, or plan to study science, technology, maths, and engineering (STEM) subjects at 6th form college or University.

Thomas’ research ultimately aims to find ways to improve the accessibility of STEM subjects such that more opportunities are available to disabled students. His research will look at how digital curriculums affect students' confidence, participation, and engagement in STEM at higher education levels. He will also be looking at the accessibility of e-learning, and the extent to which it can replace face-to-face learning. The study will also explore the challenges faced by educators in creating and using e-learning tools in STEM, and what improvements would enable more disabled students to pursue STEM courses in higher education.

Taking part in Thomas’ research will involve completing a questionnaire. You can take part if you are:

  • Over 18 years of age with spina bifida
  • Have attended/considered attending University, college, or sixth form to study a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based subject
  • Are willing to have your data collected, stored, and analysed anonymously according to the relevant policies

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Thomas by email:  

To take part in the study please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser: 

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