What is a National Advisory Group (NAG)?

National Advisory Groups Role and powers: To contribute to the development and delivery of DRILL in each nation as follows:   Scrutinise and sift: With reference to the political, social and economic context of the relevant nation, and in line with agreed priorities and criteria, scrutinise, assess, sift and select proposals to go forward to the Central Research […]


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DRILL is a ground breaking UK-wide programme fully funded by a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.  DRILL is the world’s first research and pilot programme led by disabled people and their priorities. DRILL expects to fund up to 40 research and pilot projects throughout the UK over the next 4 years.  The 2nd call for […]


Blog post: Vin West

The way that a government treats those who have the least power is a fair rule of thumb as to its level of civilisation. These are hard times, as evidenced by the nightly news. UK government “welfare reform”, public service cuts and other neoliberal policies have had a huge impact on disabled people’s lives. The […]


Blog post: Graham Findlay

How many times do you feel genuinely excited by a TV programme? Me neither. But slumped on the sofa after a long day labouring over a luke-warm policy paper, I recently had the great good luck to click on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. For those who don’t know, George is an architect with […]


Welsh Fast Track Research Grants 2016

DRILL announces the first projects in Wales to receive small research grants. Please find a short summary of each below.   Young people and friendships – what matters to us?  The research project will explore with young disabled people aged 14 – 25 years living in South East Wales how patterns of friendship change between […]


Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL)

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) is an innovative research programme which will gather evidence on the social barriers to independent living and learning faced by disabled people. Research findings will be used to develop pilot projects and inform policy development and practice to bring about real improvements to the lives of disabled […]


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