Dan’s PhD programme focuses on statistical analysis of data in order to understand challenges faced by young carers, as well as hopefully facilitators to overcoming any barriers discovered. Dan says, “This is an area with far too little research, especially considering there are roughly 800,000 young carers in the UK (https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2022/03/16/the-big-ask-voices-shining-a-light-on-young-carers/). Having worked as a mentor through Sheffield Hallam University for the last couple of years with children facing a range of challenges, including one brilliant young carer, it’s been easy to see what young people can achieve when the right support is in place!”
Dan recently completed an MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Sheffield. Dan’s dissertation focused on the underrepresentation of South Asians in the UK to dementia services, relating to their PhD as it concerns a minority group who are faced with barriers to accessing opportunities which others are likely to find easier. From a stats background, Dan studied for a BSc in Mathematics and Economics, again at the University of Sheffield. Dan partnered maths with economics as they thought it was vital to experience a real world application of quantitative analysis. Dan has had two research internships at the University of Sheffield over the past couple of years. The first focused on helping students use psychometric analysis tools to improve their confidence and employability, with a particular focus on accessibility for students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia and colour blindness. In the second, Dan produced a mapping of ED&I into the curriculums of the Engineering department.
- Young Carers
- Statistical Modelling
- Neurodegenerative Conditions
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion