Activist and advocate for disability rights Professor Peter Beresford is to be involved as a member of the Research Advisory Group for England in a new five year project funded by The Big Lottery which aims to 'create a new and innovative research agenda in each nation and UK-wide'.
DRILL - Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning is a new research project led by disabled people and those living with health conditions delivered by Disability Action with Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland. It has a budget of £5million and a life of five years.
Rather than being led by non-disabled academics,this programme takes its priorities from people with lived experience. Academics and policy and practice leaders will be work alongside to deliver robust research that addresses the priorities of those directly affected and is useful to people leading change in policy and practice.
Professor Beresford, long term mental health service user and Brunel academic, said: "I am excited to be involved in such a project, having long advocated for more user involvement across social care, I have great hopes for this the biggest such project we have seen in the UK."
Read more about DRILL through the Disability Rights UK website.
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