The Tizard Centre

Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture

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SPECS group, mcch Kent helping out at the Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture 2017

Each year the Tizard Centre hosts a lecture at the University of Kent and we invite a mixture of public figures and distinguished academics to discuss a subject of interest to a wide audience from within and outside the university. The evening is an important way of highlighting issues that we care strongly about and of bringing together people from a range of backgrounds, many of whom we have worked with in the past or are currently working with. The lecture is free of charge and open to all - UKC students, staff and external visitors are warmly invited to attend.   

We are delighted to announce that our speaker for 2018, is Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, Norwich Medical School (UEA). "Prenatal diagnosis: reactions of people with learning disabilities and their families" This event had to be cancelled due to inclement weather but we are very much hoping that Prof Shakeaspeare will be giving our talk in 2019.

Tom's key research interest is qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face. He has led projects about disability and sexuality, life as a disabled child, quality of life in restricted growth and is currently working on an ESRC funded project on social relationships in personal assistance, and on an ESRC/DFID funded project on the disability and development gap.  In recent years, he has also led several small research projects on aspects of mental health recovery and well-being.  His secondary interest is social and ethical aspects of genetics and bioethics and he has led projects about how people make ethical decisions, and about the provision of balanced information in antenatal screening. Prof Shakespeare has written books on disability and sexuality, relational approaches to disability, and genetic politics.

The 2017 lecture was given by Henny M.J. van Schrojenstein Lantman de Valk "We're getting better! Steps forward in primary health care for people with intellectual disabilities".
Henny Lantman is Emeritus Professor of health care for people with intellectual disabilities at the Department of Primary and Community Health Care at Radboud University Medical Centre at Nijmegen, Netherlands. Her research focuses on primary health care for people with intellectual disabilities and includes doctor-patient communication, proactive health care, healthy living and patient participation. She was involved in getting the topic of 'health of people with intellectual disabilities' included in the curriculum of undergraduate medical students at Radboudumc and has been working as a physician for people with intellectual disabilities for nearly forty years.

Her talk attracted an audience of around 100 people and proved very popular. Members of the SPECS team also came along to help with registration at the event.
To watch the lecture (Youtube)


Jim Mansell Memorial Lecture - photographs from our annual events


Henny Lantman Speaker

Lecture 2017

Kristianne Stewart, Prize Winner

Natalie Woods, Prize winner

Mark Anderton, Prize Winner

Donya Lamrhari, Prize Winner

Penny Vanderplank, Prize Winner

Hannah Stewart, Prize Winner

Georgina Watts - Patricia Collen Memorial prize

Lisa Richardson - TLDR prize winner

Roy Deveau - TLDR prize winner

Guests 2017

Guests 2017

Guests 2017

Guests 2017

Guests 2017

Guests 2017


Jill Bradshaw - after dinner speech


Previous Speakers

  • 2016 - Prof David Felce
  • 2015 - Vivien Cooper, OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation
  • 2014 - Prof Pat Howlin, Emeritus Prof of Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and Prof of Developmental Disorders at the University of Sydney (see resources section for video of this talk)
  • 2013 - David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission
  • 2012 - Prof Martin Knapp, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London (KCL)
  • 2011 - Simon Duffy, Centre for Welfare Reform
  • 2010 - Professor Gerard Quinn, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the NUI Galway School of Law

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Last Updated: 11/04/2018