£88,000 for National Lottery funded research project based in Cardiff led by disabled people
Cardiff University has been awarded £88,077 as part of a previously funded £5 million research programme into independent living for disabled people.
The “Legally Disabled?” project will explore barriers and solutions to employment in the legal profession for disabled people. It’s been awarded funding from the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a five year scheme launched in 2015, led by disabled people and funded by Big Lottery Fund.
Managed by Dr Debbie Foster of Cardiff Business School, the project will be led by disabled people, including disabled academics and policy makers.
Rhian Davies from Disability Wales, which is supporting DRILL projects in Wales said:
“We’re delighted to be announcing this DRILL grant, and supporting a project run by disabled people about disability issues. This goes a long way to addressing the gaps in evidence which is needed to create lasting change for disabled people.”
Dr Debbie Foster of Cardiff Business School said “This is a wonderful opportunity to conduct research with disabled people in the legal profession. Too often it is assumed that disabled people only work in low skilled jobs and are not qualified to work in our top professions.
This research seeks to challenge such stereotypes by highlighting the contribution of disabled people in law and through identifying both the barriers that they continue to face and potential solutions.”
DRILL has also announced that it is calling for new applications for research or project funds. More information is available from www.drilluk.org.uk.
Launched in 2015, the DRILL programme is fully funded by Big Lottery Fund and delivered by Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales. DRILL is expecting to fund a total of up to 40 research pilots and projects over a 5-year period, all led by disabled people. Around £1,000,000 has been allocated in this round of applications.
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Notes to editors:
“Legally disabled? The career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession in England & Wales: developing future strategies.”
This 18 month research project will cover Wales and England and will be co-produced in partnership with Cardiff University Business School, the Lawyers for Disability Division, the Law Society, the Bar Council and the major City law firm Hogan Lovells and independent disabled researchers. Legally Disabled? will show aspiring disabled people what is possible, exposing existing barriers within the legal profession, and highlighting strategies for future inclusion. This research will increase the visibility of disabled people in law and increase their influence on policy, promoting independent living for all.
The DRILL programme is being delivered by Disability Rights UK, Disability Action Northern Ireland, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland.
Each country has a National Advisory Group, including disabled people, academics and policy makers, who provide advice, scrutinise research proposals, make recommendations and help promote and disseminate the findings. A Central Research Committee, made up of disabled people, academics and policy influencers from across the UK makes the final decision on which research proposals receive funding.
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