Dr Jonathan Vincent

Jonathan Vincent Staff Profile

I joined the School of Education in 2013. Previous to this, I worked across a range of educational settings, including a 3-19 specialist school and secondary mainstream schools.
I received my BA degree from Queen’s University, Belfast and my PGCE and MA in Education from the University of Cambridge. My PhD, based at Lancaster University, focused on postgraduate transitions from higher education for emerging adults on the autism spectrum. In 2017 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to investigate models of employment provision for young autistic adults across Canada and the United States of America.


I lead PRO Autism, which is a voluntary group of autistic and non-autistic members dedicated to engaging with industry and the wider public to understand how they can best identify and recruit autistic talent in the UK today. In partnership with the CIPD, we have delivered free in-house workshops to large national companies and organisations as well as Small and Medium Enterprises.

Further Information

Teaching

I teach a range of modules across our BA (Hons) Education Studies, Education MA suite, and the National SENCO Award programmes. I developed the recently validated Education Studies with Special Educational Needs & Inclusion strand at undergraduate level and Special Educational Needs & Inclusion MA.

Research

My research focuses on postgraduate transitions from higher education to employment for emerging adults on the autism spectrum. I have, however, also conducted studies on levels of autism knowledge in schools, autism provision mapping across the UK higher education sector, and the sensory experiences of Virtual Reality for autistic adults.  

I am currently supervising Denise Brogden at PhD level and a number of Education MA dissertation students. I would be interested in supervising MRes / doctoral students in theses relating to autism and education, higher education transitions among disabled populations, special education and inclusive research.

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Nicholas, D., Hedley, D., Randolph, … & Vincent, J. (2019) An Expert Discussion on Employment in Autism. Autism in Adulthood. 1 (3) 162-169

Vincent, J. and Ralston, K. (2019) Trainee teachers’ knowledge of autism: implications for understanding and inclusive practice. Oxford Review of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2019.1645651

Vincent, J. (2019) It’s the fear of the unknown: transition from higher education for young autistic adults. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. [Online First] DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361318822498.

Vincent J., Potts M., Fletcher D., Hodges S., Howells J., Mitchell A. and Mallon B. (2016) ‘I think autism is like running on Windows while everyone else is a Mac’: using a participatory action research approach with students on the autistic spectrum to rearticulate autism and the lived experience of university Educational Action Research.

Vincent, J. (2016) Transition from secondary to higher education: an evaluation of a pre-entry transition programme for students on the autistic spectrum. The Journal of Inclusive Practice in further and higher education. 7 (2): 53-63.

Vincent, J. (2015) “Developing REAL Inclusive Teaching and Learning at University for Autistic Students through Dialogue: A Participatory Action Research Project.” Good Autism Practice. 17 (2): 40–46.

 

Other publications

Vincent, J. (in press) Employability for UK university students and graduates on the autism spectrum: mobilities and materialities. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.  

Vincent, J. and Popplewell J. (2019) Ask LaunchPad Podcast - Ep. 12: "What is PRO Autism?" https://anchor.fm/ask-launchpad/episodes/Ask-LaunchPad---Ep--12---What-is-PRO-Autism-e44rr2

Vincent, J. (2019) ‘Yes I’m employable but I don't know how to get a job’: How to support autistic students into work. Phoenix: AGCAS Journal https://www.agcas.org.uk/Phoenix

Vincent, J. (2019) Employing autistic students – it’s not the nice thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. The Student Employer https://ise.org.uk/page/TheStudentEmployer

Vincent, J. (2018) Launching lives: transition from university to employment for students on the autism spectrum. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Report.

 Vincent, J. (2017) Being and becoming: transition from higher education for emerging adults on the autism spectrum. PhD thesis. Lancaster University.

 

Chapters

Nixon, J., Buckley, A. Cheng, A., Dymoke, S., Spiro, J. & Vincent, J. (in press) ‘The ‘questionableness’ of things: opening up the conversation’ in McNiff, J. (ed) Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, London: Routledge

Conference papers:

Vincent, J. (2019) The transition from higher education to employment for university students and recent graduates on the

autistic spectrum. Autistica Conference. Reading, United Kingdom, [27th June, 2019] Watch here.

Vincent, J. (2019) ‘I’m asking for understanding, I’m asking for help’: a qualitative study of the transition for employment for autistic students and recent graduates. NICEC Conference. Manchester, UK. [16-17th April 2019]

Vincent, J. (2015) ‘Creating inclusive learning environments through dialogue: a case study outlining the use of autistic students’ critical autobiographical narratives in informing academic practice’. Paper presented at Collaborative Action Research Network Conference. Braga, Portugal [6-8 Nov 2015].

Vincent, J. (2015) Invited workshop on inclusive teaching practice for learners on the autism spectrum. Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge [23 Oct. 2015]

Vincent, J. (2015) Creating inclusive learning environments through dialogue: a case study outlining the use of autistic students’ critical autobiographical narratives in informing academic practice. Paper presented at 5th International Value & Virtue in Practice-Based Research Conference – The Significance of our Research: Influence and Impact. York St John University [9-10 June 2015].

Vincent, J. (2015) “An Aspie Abroad”: A case study comparing the lived experiences of studying abroad for two university students on the autistic spectrum. Paper presented at the 13th Nordic Network on Disability Research, Bergen, Norway [6-8 May 2015]

Vincent, J. (2015) Listening to our students: What enables effective learning for students on the autistic spectrum? Workshop delivered at Talking About Teaching Conference. York St John University [9 January 2015].

Vincent, J., Potts, M. & Fletcher, D. (2014) Talking About Us? Using a participatory action research approach to rearticulate autism and the lived experience of university for students on the autistic spectrum. Paper presented at the Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Gateshead, England [31 Oct -1 Nov 2014].

Vincent, J. (2014) ‘Talking About Us? Using a participatory action research approach to rearticulate autism and the lived experience of university for students on the autistic spectrum’. Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research Conference, York: York St John University [22-23rd July 2014].

Vincent, J. (2013) ‘A participatory action research project utilising autobiographical writing with students on the autistic spectrum – a work in progress’. The Unit for Child and Youth Studies Showcase. York: York St John University [9th July 2013].

Professional Activity

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (2010-present)

Member of the Human Development and Capabilities Approach Association (2013 – present)

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