September 2003 – August 2004

August 2004

We are pleased to ammounce a new book title from the Disability Press. Disability Policy and Practice: Applying the Social Model of Disability contains thirteen chapters on the application of social model inspired thinking to social policy in Britain. Further details are available on our publication pages.

July 2004

Congratulations to those of our students who graduated this month, and particularly to Dr Debby Phillips, who received her PhD for research on the life histories of women labelled as having learning difficulties.

June 2004

Work is underway to develop collaboration in teaching and research with the Norwegian social research council (NOVA).

The recent link partnership between the Centre, the University of Capetown (South Africa) and Disabled People of South Africa is to be extended with an edited book containing a variety of chapters recording and celebrating the development of disability studies in South Africa.

May 2004

Visitors to the Centre this month included disability studies students and staff from Halmstad University (Sweden)

April 2004

The first phase of statistical and policy research for the project on implementing UK Direct Payments policies has been completed and briefing papers will be available on the project web page shortly. The next phase involves key informant interviews with disabled people’s organisations, policy makers, and representatives of management and staff in local government.

March 2004

A memorial Scholarship has now been established to commerorate the life and work of Dr Carolyn Baylies. The Scholarship will be used to support research by an African woman on an African topic within Sociology or Social Policy. Please contact the Head of the School if you would like to make a donation (a gift aid form is available for UK tax payers).

Mark Priestley presented the opening lecture at a European Union enlargement conference on disability in Prague (Czech Republic).

February 2004

Disability Press is pleased to anounce a new title in our book series: Implementing the Social Model of Disability: thoery and research.

Welcome to Elena Tarasenko, who joins the Centre as a visiting researcher on a Ford Foundation study fellowship from Moscow (Russia).

The latest event in our CDS open seminar series featured Laurence Clark presenting a paper entitled ‘Disabling Comedy: still laughing?’

January 2004

Our Level 2 undergraduate module ‘Disability Studies: an introduction’ has proved increasingly popular this year, with 92 students registering for the course this semester.

Debbie Jolly, Mark Priestley, Geof Mercer and Coin Barnes began a new ESRC-funded research project examining the impementation of direct payments policies in the UK (in partnership with researchers from Edinburgh and Glasgow)

December 2003

Peace and best wishes on International Day of Disabled People.

Congratulations to all those students who graduated from Leeds this month with postgraduate degrees and diplomas in disability studies.

November 2003

We were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Carolyn Baylies on 1 November, following a period of illness. Carolyn had been a founding member of the Centre and a valued colleague for many years.

October 2003

Welcome to Laura Hemingway and Beckie Cullen, who begin their doctoral research with us this year.

Visitors to the Centre included Colleen Howell from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), who presented a seminar on the history of the disabled people’s movement in South Africa.

September 2003

Colin Barnes, Geof Mercer, Alison Sheldon, Debby Phillips, Natalia Gerodetti, Hannah Morgan and Mark Priestley presented papers at the inaugaral conference of the British Disability Studies Association in Lancaster (abstracts and some papers are available on the conference web site).

Researchers and activists met in Leeds for the latest in our series of ESRC seminars on the social model of disability.

Mark Priestley and Hannah Morgan travelled to Finland for the Nordic Network on Disability Research conference (Mark presented a plenary address on disability and European integration).