Julie McElroy, who is profoundly deaf and also has Cerebral Palsy, graduated University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at a ceremony at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church on Wednesday 12th July 2017 after successfully completing a ground-breaking PhD.

Julie’s PhD in Assistive Technology investigated the learning experiences of students with disabilities within tertiary education who use assistive technology as part of their learning experience. Julie hopes to use her research to develop a framework that can be used by education bodies to assist them in providing a better understanding of the key issues and interactions involved in the area of assistive technology.
Julie McElroy
Born with cerebral palsy, which affects the messages sent between the brain and the muscles as well affecting movements and co-ordination, Julie was told she would probably spend her life in a wheelchair.
Julie’s PhD studentship followed a degree in 2010 which she successfully completed at UWS. During her time at UWS she was awarded the UWS Court Medal 2010 for highest achieving student, won an Adult Learner of the Year Award 2012 from the Scottish Learning Partnership and awarded Glasgow Lord Provost Award in 2012.


Julie, commented:

“I want my research to influence the discussion to investigate disabled student experiences, understand their perspectives and hopefully contribute to a better understanding of students’ use of assistive technology and the extent to which it can enhance student learning and engagement.”




For further information contact:-

Niall Gordon (Senior Marketing Co-ordinator – PR)

Marketing & Communications, University of the West of Scotland

0141 848 3726 / 07764 285 882




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