Natalie Joelle – 2019/2020
The support of the Funds for Women Graduates has been invaluable for enabling work towards the completion of my thesis.
As the first woman in my family to enter post-16 education, and then to go on to win academic prizes at Cambridge and competitive research council and international fellowship funds, I could not be more grateful for Funds for Women Graduates’ support to continue work at an international level, especially whilst environmental challenges that impact disabled researchers, including those around the recent pandemic, make it increasingly hard to remain part of the conversation.
I am proud to be supported by Funds for Women Graduates for my research, which includes the soon to be published first extended study of the processes of writing with work-related upper limb disorder, as both this condition and my rare developmental disability to which it is secondary, are particularly prevalent, under supported and underdiagnosed in women. This work would not have been possible without Funds for Women Graduates’ support.
My work in the transdisciplinary environmental humanities on the subject of gleaning has been published in some of the field’s top international journals, and praised for methodologically innovative thought leadership in its analysis of the climate crisis and creative contribution to a new and important body of theory.
Funds for Women Graduates has substantially offset the costs of essential evidence-based physiotherapy treatment for managing work-related upper limb disorder and maintaining my fitness to study, which is no longer provided by the NHS. In a political environment that constructs reasons to say ‘no’ to even the most basic needs of postgraduates with disabilities, the support of the Fund for Women Graduates has provided the brilliant morale boost of a ‘yes’.