Gillian McConnell


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am currently a Teaching Fellow for the Masters in Autism Programme and Course Leader for the full time MSc and part time MEd in Autism Studies Courses. I am the module leader for the core Theory and Practice 1-3 modules, the Independent Study Module and provide individual supervision to students carrying out their Masters Research dissertations. I also supervise undergraduate students completing their dissertations for Primary Education Degree course.

I support the part time MEd in Autism Studies students with the Research Methodology and Reasoning module.

I have over 25 years’ experience working with people with Autism in a variety of settings, such as social care, criminal justice and education. Prior to joining the University, I held Senior Management positions and for 20 years, have been responsible for the service development, design and delivery of a wide range of services for people with Autism of all ages. My specialist areas of interest are Autism and co-occurring conditions, especially Learning Disabilities, Epilepsy and Mental Health. I have contributed to Government Policy and Good Practice Guidelines for people with Autism, learning disabilities and Mental Health issues.

I am currently undertaking my PhD focusing on the educational experiences of Autistic pupils with co-occurring Epilepsy and Learning Disabilities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Huddersfield

1 Sep 199830 Jun 2000

Award Date: 31 Jul 2000

University of Huddersfield

1 Sep 199630 Jun 1998

Award Date: 1 Sep 1998

Bachelor of Arts, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

1 Sep 198931 May 1993

Award Date: 5 Jul 1993

Doctor of Education, University Of Strathclyde

1 Mar 2020 → …


  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Co-occurring Conditions