Dr Liz Tilly

Senior Lecturer in Social Care

Email address: Liz.Tilly@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 51 8674 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care Areas of expertise: Learning Disability/ Participatory/Inclusive Research and Voluntary Sector

About

Liz has been a part time lecturer in FEHW since April 2013, contributing to teaching on the social work and social care degrees.  She is an active member in founding and developing the Wolverhampton Intellectual Disabilities Network (WIDeN), the university learning disability special interest group.

Previously Liz has worked in the voluntary sector as a chief executive of a voluntary organisation that provides services and opportunities to people with a learning disability.

She has qualifications in learning disability including a B.Ed. and M.Med.Sci. and an M.A. in Applied Social Research.  She studied at Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, and completed a PhD about people with a learning disability who fall through the net of statutory provision.  Liz has a particular interest in community inclusion, person-centered approaches, parents with a learning disability, health and well-being and advocacy. 

Research interests

Participatory and inclusive research with people with a learning disability.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Disability Studies, University of Bristol
  • MA, Applied Social Research, University of Birmingham
  • Diploma Newcastle College (Distance learning), Life coaching
  • Diploma Newcastle College (Distance learning), Performance coaching
  • M. Med. Sci., Mental disability studies, University of Birmingham
  • Institute of Management Diploma, Sandwell College, Management
  • Institute of Management NVQ level 5,Sandwell College, Management
  • B.Ed. University of Nottingham, Matlock College of Higher Education Mental handicap

Publications

Publications

Articles published in peer reviewed journals

  • Tilly, L. (2013). "'I ain't been bothered to go': managing health problems in people with a learning disability who live without support." Diversity and Equality in Health and Care 10(4): 223-230
  • BJLD, Impact of research – Autumn 2013
  • Money Friends and Making Ends Meet Research Group (2012). "Having Friends - They help you when you're stuck." British Journal of Learning Disabilities Special Issue: The research and work of learning disabled people with their allies and supporters 40(2): 83-164.
  • Tilly, E. (2008). "Enabling People with Learning Disabilities to Manage Their Own Health and Well-being." Medicine, Conflict and Survival 24(S 1): S108-S113.

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)

  • Hardie, E. and L. Tilly (2012). An introduction to supporting people with a learning disability. London, Learning Matters. ISBN - 13:9780-85725-709-3
  • Tilly, L. (2011). Person centred approaches when supporting people with a learning disability (Supporting the Learning Disability Worker) Kidderminster, Bild and Learning Matters. ISBN - 978-0-85725-625 -6
  • Challenges that Affect a Small Group of People with Mild Learning Disabilities." Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 5(2).

Practitioner Publications and Reports

Those marked with a * are co-written with people with a learning disability  

  • Tilly, L. and Building Bridges Research Group (2015). "Being Researchers for the First Time: Reflections on the development of an inclusive research group." British Journal of Learning Disabilities 43(2): 121-127.
  • Tilly, L. (2014). "Making End Meet." Learning Disability Today Jan/ Feb: 14-15.
  • Tilly, L. (2013). "An Enduring Sense of Loss." Community Living 26(3): 18-19. The experiences of the research group about having their children removed into local authority care.
  • *Bayliss, T., Tilly, L., et al. (2012) "Training for Staff on ‘Making a Difference for Parents with a Learning Disability’." Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International Journal. (online)
  • *Money Friends and Making Ends Meet Research Group (2011). "Making ends meet - what it's like for people with learning difficulties living in the community on low incomes." Community Living 25(2): 16-17.
  • Money Friends and Making Ends Meet Research Group (2011b). Money, Friends and Making Ends Meet Final Report. Sandwell Building Bridges Training
  • *Tilly, L., B. Haddock, et al. (2008). "'We don't want to live with this in our community'." Community Living 22(2): 20-21.
  • Options for Life (2007). Making Voices Heard.

Conference Presentations

Oral presentations/seminars/workshops

  • Nordic Network of Disability Research Bergen, Citizenship and the experience of applying for disability welfare benefits. Able to Include; The role of technology in enabling inclusion and citizenship, May 2015
  • Advocacy for people with a learning disability who are victims of domestic violence, Practitioners National Conference London, January 2015.
  • Support for parents with a learning disability, WTPN regional conference Birmingham, November 2014
  • Successive removals (children) and people with a learning disability, Practitioners National Conference Nottingham, October 2014
  • Inclusive research – research findings, Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, December 2013
  • Mate crime and people with a learning disability, Practitioners National Conference Nottingham, September 2013
  • People with a learning disability and relationships, BILD national conference Updatable not me!, March 2013
  • Inclusive research – theory and practice, Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, March 2013
  • Support for parents with a learning disability, WTPN national conference Birmingham, February 2013
  • Co-presented on experiences and impact of mate crime, Disability Hate and Mate Crime conference Birmingham City University, April 2012
  • Research findings, Tackling Debt in Sandwell multi-disciplinary task force, April 2012
  • Co-presented about employment issues, Institute of Career Guidance Day event on disabilities and employment, October 2011

Posters

  • Poster presentation Money Friends and Making Ends Meet research project, Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster University, September 2012

Invited Presentations

  • Issues of independent living and coping day to day, Disability Studies Conference
  • Lancaster University, September 2014.
  • Our lives, Our research; messages to front line staff, Social History of learning disability conference at Open University, July 2014
  • The church as social capital for people with a learning disability, The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion, May 2014
  • Research findings update, Tackling Debt in Sandwell multi-disciplinary task force, September 2012.
  • SPA Symposium ‘The hardest hit’, University of Leeds, September 2012.
  • Research findings, Tackling Debt in Sandwell multi-disciplinary task force, April 2012.
  • Co-presented with two people from research group on experiences of mate crime, Disability Hate and Mate Crime conference Birmingham City University, April 2012.
  • Co-presented with someone on research group about employment issues, Institute of Career Guidance Day event on disabilities and employment, October 2011
  • Co-presented with someone on research group on social networks and friends, Social history of learning disability conference Open University, July 2011.
  • PhD Research findings – poverty and social capital of people with a learning disability, NNDR conference (Nordic network of disability research) in Iceland, May 2011.
  • Inclusion International, Melbourne, September 2002
  • ‘The hardest hit’ – impact of welfare reforms on people with a learning disability, University of Leeds SPA Symposium, September 2012.