My name is Jessica Carr and I am a second year PhD student based within the Institute of Educational Technology. Previously to this I studied a Masters in Research Methods at the Open University and Applied Performance at the Birmingham School of Acting. After leaving university I worked briefly in retail before working at the Oxfordshire based charity Yellow Submarine. I was the Assistant Manager of their Social Enterprise cafes, primarily working in the Witney base. We worked with adults with learning disabilities offering apprenticeships and training opportunities to teach the skills needed to enter into a workplace. This is where my passion for empowerment, specifically for people with learning disabilities, began and is the motivation behind my current work.
Previously I worked as an Intern under Professor Richard Holliman, on the SUPI project . This gave me an introduction into Open University life and more importantly the importance of school-university engagment. This is where much of my current and future research will focus. During my internship I was tasked with blogging my experiences.
My previous MRes project is entitled: 'How do people with learning disabilities understand citizen inquiry'. Using a qualitative approach the project will be inclusive in nature and will focus on reflecting the needs and wants of the participants. My current PhD research is looking at Citizen Science and what support is required to engage people with learning disabilities with it. I am running this with the Banbury self-advocacy group of the Oxfordshire based charity My Life My Choice.