Dr Nicola Martin has worked with disabled people in education for over 30 years and is currently Professor leading on research, higher degrees and student experience in education at London South Bank University. Her research interests and approach to teaching are driven by a commitment to equality and social justice, emancipatory research and ensuring that narratives of marginalised people inform her practice.
Nicola has developed a range of social justice focused higher degrees including an EdD and MA programmes in education which focus on autism, disability and leadership. The portfolio includes a PG Cert. specifically focused on mentoring of people on the autism spectrum in post compulsory education. Courses are informed by the lived experiences of disabled and marginalised people.
Nicola’s academic area is Critical Disability Studies, with a focus on the requirements of students with autism. She is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, working on autism research with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Her autism research is highly influential internationally. She is a National Teaching Fellow and a Fellow at Sheffield Hallam and of the Royal Society of Arts.
Nicola is currently working on research (funded by Research Autism) which seeks to understand what young people on the autism spectrum think constitutes effective mentoring. She is a member of The Westminster Commission on Autism.
Nicola is currently co-editing a collection for Pavilion, with Dr Damian Milton, on autism and intellectual impairment. The publication is aimed at health, social care and education practitioners. Damian and Nicola have recently set up the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) at LSBU.
Nicola has recently completed a piece of research (in press) focusing on the requirements of disabled leaders in H.E. Nicola is a longstanding member of NADP Board, and former NADP Chair and an Editor of The Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education. She is convener of The Disability Equality Research Network (DERN).