Throughout his undergraduate degree in biomedical science, Neil Gilbride had flirted with the idea of working in education.
Three days after his final exam, he walked into a job as a parent-support worker.
“This was during the financial crisis,” Gilbride says. “But I could say I’d been working with children with special educational needs – and with their families – for about five years. And I could say that with legitimacy.”
He is now a lecturer in education at the University of Gloucestershire.
Since the age of 16, Gilbride had been volunteering at a play scheme for children with profound disabilities. Later, at university, he continued volunteering within the field of inclusion.