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Julia’s success reflects her ambition of communicating research in accessible ways

Julia is a final year PhD student (Education) at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, whose research focuses on Colombian children with disabilities.

Julia put her career as an International inclusive Education Consultant on hold to research the education of children with disabilities in rural, Colombian schools which use the successful ‘Escuela Nueva’ model of education.

Passionate about finding ways to communicate research in ways that are accessible, Julia won a competition, run by Cambridge Creative Partnerships, to fund an animation of her research. The 1-minute animation was launched at the Cambridge Festival last week and can be viewed below.

The film talks about Julia’s PhD research and shares the views of teachers on how they address the needs of children with disabilities in rural areas. 

Subsequently shared with the teachers and children who participated in the research in Spanish (link below), Julia described working with the animator, Sorrel Milne, and sharing the video with children as one of the most enjoyable moments of her PhD.

Julia commented: “This animation allows my research to amplify the voices of rural Colombian teachers in a way that is accessible for both them and the children they educate”.

Despite using drawing in her role as child psychologist and conference illustrator, she hadn’t expected that drawing would become a fundamental part of her student journey.  With plans to illustrate each chapter of her thesis, a blog with further information on how Julia has incorporated visual illustrations into her research process here.

Animation Spanish version:

Follow Julia on Twitter @juliainclusion.