Heriot-Watt University PRIME Awards 2021

Prize: Other distinction


The Principal’s Research Impact and Engagement (PRIME) Awards, recognise outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in impact and public engagement with research; celebrating activities with the potential to create economic, social, environmental and cultural impact from research, and engage broad publics, new stakeholders and/or underserved audiences.

James Richards shortlisted for Partnership award:

The project (2012-present) was aimed at addressing an urgent need to improve working lives/career opportunities, and reduce discrimination for neurodiverse (e.g., dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD, autism) professionals working in the UK transport industry. Partnered with the TSSA trade union and funded by the Union Learning Fund, the research has informed a range of training packages, leading to improved sector-wide awareness, individual-based advocacy, improved policies and line manager training on neurodiversity. The research also influenced ACAS guidance, advocacy for autistic police employees, raising the profile of neurodiversity across the UK labour movement, particularly in the education sector.
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