The University of Exeter is based in South West England and combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more than 130 different countries. It is consistently ranked amongst the UK’s top universities.

The members of the UK SPISEY team are based in the Graduate School of Education and in the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability. The Centre brings together academics, research staff and doctoral students who are interested in the educational aspects of children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities and provides a forum for discussion and debate about current theoretical, policy, research and practice issues.

Inclusive education is a perennially complex subject despite being based on the principles of social justice and equity. The SPISEY project will allow academics, teachers, amongst others from the UK, to link with partners across the EU and develop practice which has benefited from the experience of various European practitioners.

We highly value our involvement with all EU projects and SPISEY is an excellent opportunity to share good practice with a highly experienced group of education professionals from fellow EU countries.

We conducted the study within our own institution, translating the aims and focus of the project to inclusion in Higher Education. 

Christopher Boyle, Ph.D., is a Professor of Inclusive Education and Psychology at the University of Adelaide (and was previously based at Exeter). He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has been an education and psychology practitioner for over 20 years. He is an internationally recognised and respected academic and author on the subjects of inclusive education, and psychology.


George Koutsouris, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, UK. He has a research interest in social inclusion, participation and in matters of inclusive pedagogy and provision. He has published in the areas of inclusive education, lesson study and early reading.  He believes that SPISEY is an amazing opportunity to promote social inclusion in schools across Europe. 



Lauren Stentiford, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter, UK. She has a research interest in higher education and matters of inequality, with a particular specialism in gender, disability and inclusion. She has a methodological interest in qualitative systematic reviews.



Tricia Nash began her long research career as a university tutor at the University of Western Australia before moving to the UK where she has been involved with a number of research projects. Using both quantitative and qualitative data analysis, her research areas are: special educational needs, disability and inclusion; initial teacher training; widening participation in higher education; and safeguarding university students.


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