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Ms Claire Durrant

Post:Research student (Social Work and Social Care)
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Claire worked in research for many years, mostly for large, highly regarded research agencies, on projects for a wide variety of clients, including government departments, universities, the media and voluntary organisations. Between 2012 and 2014 she worked as a freelance social research consultant. She returned to education in 2013 to study for a Masters in Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex, achieving a Distinction and receiving the Barrie Thorne prize for best overall academic achievement. She was successful in gaining ESRC funding for a 1+3 PhD and has recently completed a Masters in Social Research Methods. Between April 2016 and 2017 she worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work and Social Care; her role was to support the development and implementation of an impact strategy for the 'See Me Hear Me' Pilot and Evaluation. 



Claire Durrant is a third year PhD student in the School of Education and Social Work. Her Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded research is about the identity construction and emotional well-being of young people experiencing severe dyslexic difficulties.




PhD Social Work, University of Sussex


MSc Social Research Methods, University of Sussex


MA Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex


BA Business Studies, University of Westminster


Claire wrote an article about her Masters’ research for the British Dyslexia Association’s professional pages of their magazine ‘Dyslexia Contact’:

Durrant, C. (2017) ‘The emotional health and well-being of severely dyslexic children in mainstream school and the role of teachers in supporting them’, Dyslexia Contact, 36(3), pp. 33-36.