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Research participants required: students with disability completing HDR

The aim of the study is to find the barriers to students with disability completing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) qualification

This researcher is keen to ascertain a number of things:

  1. What are the barriers affecting the completion of HDR qualifications by people with disability?
  2. What support services would HDR students like their university to provide to help remove any barriers”
  3. What support services offered by the university did participants access

If you have a condition that is described below, even if your disability is not a barrier to you undertaking your research, you are invited to participate in this project.

Definition of Disability

According to the convention for the rights of people with disability, we can define disability according to this definition:

  • impairments—problems in body function or structure;
  • activity limitations—difficulties in executing activities; and
  • Participation restrictions—problems an individual may experience in involvement in life situations.

Selection Criteria

If you meet the following criteria, you are encouraged to volunteer to be part of this research:

  • Be willing to share openly their experiences of disability;
  • Have a disability that potentially makes their participation in their study difficult; and
  • Be studying a higher degree by research.

We ask that participants in this research agree to attend a 45 minute interview via Skype. All participant data is held in the strictest confidence and it will inform the production of a critical ethnography of the data.

If you are willing to participate in this research or just want more information please contact Peter Smith, PhD candidate via email at or via mobile on 0417 514 835