Sophie Phillips

University of Sheffield, ECY

Department of Education, 2nd Year PhD student

Thesis: Autistic Women’s University Experiences Focusing on Academic Achievement and Wellbeing

I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Education at the University of Sheffield. Last year I studied MA Social Research as part of my 1+3 funding. My first degree was BA (hons) Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln) and then I went on to study MSc (conversion) Psychology at the University of Nottingham. I have also worked as a 1:1 carer for disabled children in nursery.

A key area of interest for me is autism and ensuring inclusion in society. This initiated from my own diagnosis of autism four years ago. I believe I can represent the White Rose Cohort best in issues relating to inclusion and am happy to be contacted by students regarding this.

Outside of my PhD, I am involved with Girlguiding and currently help at a Brownie unit in Sheffield. I am also a deputy manager at a local Saturday Playgroup for disabled children. I am a keen Lego enthusiast and enjoy sewing in my spare time.