dirnNobody embarks on a research career thinking its going to be easy, but disability and illness can make researching that little bit more daunting, exhausting or isolating. Physical and mental health can interrupt academic work in unforeseen ways, and it can be difficult to know how to talk about it with supervisors, PIs or even fellow researchers. This group aims to to discuss problems, share strategies, and campaign for greater awareness of researcher disability and illness, and its impact on study.

We invite you to join us if you identify as someone who has a disability, impairment, or illness, regardless of your experience, topic or department. Read more about how we were established here. If you are a postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield (you need to be logged in to Google with your University account) you can:

Join our Google Community
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Below is a growing series of blog posts from our PhD and post-doctoral reseachers, all members of the Disabled & Ill Researchers' Network. We use blogs for sharing experiences, ideas, and guidance, and to raise the profile and voice of our disabled and ill researchers. To contribute, please email disabled-ill-researchers-net-group@sheffield.ac.uk

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On reaching out for help to manage an ongoing illness which is exacerbated by the stresses and isolation of PhD study, read more here.


On finding your own rhythm and patterns of working, building new ways of learning rather than pushing yourself too hard, read more here.


Managing a research career with an invisible condition: disclose, set boundaries, value the different perspective your disability brings, read more here.


Tips for saying 'no' without feeling guilty. Processes to manage the conversation about your disability or illness, read more here.


Putting a Learning Support Plan in place to help with the difficult conversations about mental health conditions and PhD study, read more here.


On managing PhD study with a chronic condition, avoiding the pitfalls of the Leave of Absence (break from study) process, read more here.


Doing research on a low energy budget, understanding the long game of research and how planning can help, read more here.


We must integrate stress management in our everyday lives: here, from the University Counselling Service, are the A, B, and C of sustainable stress management, read more here.


Taking a Leave of Absence (break from study), sharing experiences and guidance to make it a success, read more here.