John Harding has been the Head of the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) at the University of Cambridge since 2008. The DRC is the University of Cambridge’s student service for disabled students and those staff supporting disabled students. John is also a member of the University’s Disabled Staff Network, and Student Health and Wellbeing Committee. John also is a trustee of two small charities who make grants to disabled students.
John has worked as a practitioner and managed teams of specialists in the field of disability support in both further and higher education for the last fourteen years and during that time has worked on the development more inclusive and supportive policies in relation to disabled students. John was also one of the Steering Group members (with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Dr Nicola Martin and Joanna Hastwell) for a major research project focussing on the support of students with Asperger syndrome/autism in Higher Education. John holds a PGCE in Adult Literacy and also holds the Postgraduate Diploma in teaching and assessing Specific Learning Difficulties.
John also has a Masters in Development Studies and worked as a volunteer teaching on the Angola/Namibia border in Africa for three years 1998-2001. In the distant past he worked as a Kaizen Engineer in the motor industry. He supports Bristol Rovers and his daughter Katie’s football team (Histon Hornets).