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Manchester BRC professor makes disability power list

The deputy lead for the Optimising Outcomes Programme in Manchester BRC’s Hearing Health theme has been recognised as one of the UK’s most influential disabled people.

Professor Alys Young, who is also Professor of Social Work, at The University of Manchester, says she is delighted to have made the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100  2022.

Professor Young is a co-leader of the Social Research with Deaf People research group which works in British Sign Language focussing on inequalities in health and social care affecting d/Deaf people.

Professor Alys Young


She said: “Having lived with a serious debilitating condition most of my adult life, a great deal of my research work and academic teaching and student support is driven by a commitment to social justice, in all its forms.

“Anything I am able to do to unlock the latent potential and talents of others is a key motivator in redressing the consequences of structural and interpersonal inequalities.”

A former Academic Lead for Disability Equality at the university of Manchester, she is also a distinguished visiting professor at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Professor Young was conferred a fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2016 in recognition of her contribution to the field of social research with d/Deaf people, and to social work.

In 2016, she won the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year and is also a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

She currently leads the national longitudinal study of deaf youth in transition to adulthood and the first study of the impact of interpreter mediated Mental Health Act assessments.