The Prior's Court Research Programme was set up in 2019 to formalise our work with partners on research projects which have the potential to further inform our practice and so continue to improve the outcomes for young people at Prior’s Court.

We hope the findings of our projects will also help to shape policy and sector development, potentially improving outcomes for autistic young people across the country.

Research opportunities are open to both Prior’s Court staff and external applicants, including Masters and PhD students, who wish to conduct formal research exploring a diversity of autism research topics.

Benefits for research partners working with us include:

  • access to work with Prior’s Court staff who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sector,
  • making use of our ground-breaking Prior Insight digital operations system which allows us to collect hundreds of thousands of pieces of data about our young people annually.

We believe it is hugely important for our young people, their parents and guardians, and our staff members to have the opportunity to impart their experiences on academic research projects to shape the future of best practice when it comes to supporting those with autism and complex needs.

A programme is being developed to collate the findings of research projects which have an impact on best practice. The language used in these findings will be adapted to be more accessible to those who would benefit from reading such research outcomes.

Research Matters Newsletters

The Prior’s Court Research Programme has a bi-annual e-newsletter which updates subscribers on news and updates from research projects being conducted at Prior’s Court. Sign up to the newsletter below. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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Previous issues of the newsletter - Winter 2021Summer 2021Winter 2020Summer 2020 and April 2020

Find out more about our Research Programme

To find out more about the Research Programme at Prior's Court or to receive an Application and Ethical Review Form to apply to undertake a research study at Prior’s Court, please get in touch:

Contact the Research Board