My path to becoming an researcher was forged through my artistic practice. The early years of my undergraduate degree did not require me to read vast quantities of journal articles, but suddenly gaining access to online databases took me back to the library-soaked days of the research projects I set myself in childhood. I fed my brain and that fed my artistic practice. Research still informs my practice.
The other side of this coin is that I like to do (academic) research that is not merely theoretical, but can have practical impact. My work on the Autism & Uni project included the writing of a Best Practice guide for HEI managers, lecturers, disability advisors and independent professionals as well as creating content for a toolkit that helps autistic students to make the most of their time at university. My PhD research will be of use to practitioners in scholarly communications as well as the fields of LIS and STS.