Dr Jonathan Vincent

Jonathan Vincent Staff Profile

I joined the School of Education as a lecturer on the Education Studies programme in 2013. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017.

Previous to this, I worked across a range of educational settings, from a Severe Learning Disability school in Belfast to managing RS and Philosophy departments in secondary schools in Cambridge. I was a lead mentor for the University of Cambridge’s Religious Studies PGCE course and was involved in the training of mentors and Quality Assurance visits throughout partner schools in Cambridgeshire.

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 the Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, 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.

Further Information

Teaching

I teach a range of modules across the BA (Hons) Education Studies, MA Education and Foundation Degree programmes. I have recently been instrumental in the development of Education Studies with Special Educational Needs & Inclusion which, subject to validation, will form a new strand in the BA Education Studies programme from September 2016.

Research

My research has focused on postgraduate transitions from higher education for emerging adults on the autism spectrum.

I have published in leading academic and professional journals and presented papers at international conferences on topics including inclusive pedagogy, induction processes, and study abroad for autistic learners. I am a reviewer for the journal Power and Education and the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

Where possible, My research is also participatory and I lead PRO Autism, a multi-stakeholder group comprised of autistic and non-autistic people. PRO Autism has hosted community engagement research events and partnered with the CIPD to facilitate employer seminars. 

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

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

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. (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) ‘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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