Profile – Brendan Commane

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Brendan Commane


Brendan Commane

Job title:

PhD Student

Place of work / study:

Royal College of Art, London

Area of Research:

The Environment in care homes for people with dementia

How is your work funded?

Self funded

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am about to start my second year of part time PhD study. I am a teacher and have worked in secondary mainstream schools, special schools and the independent sector. I have set up 2 provisions for people with autism, one in a large London comprehensive school and the other in a small special school. I am committed to an inclusive and diverse society.  This year, I started to deliver a unit of work to a group of MA students at The University of Brighton. Getting used to working online, rather than face to face has been a challenge but a useful skill as it seems that this will be the mode of teaching and learning for the immediate future.    

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I am an animal lover and I have 3 dogs, a cat, who is the boss and 2 ducks. I would love to get an alpaca or 2 or 3.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

My interest in dementia started from personal experience. I was primary carer for my Aunt with Alzheimer’s for just over one year and then had to place her in a care home, which is when my interest in the environment in care homes developed. Prior to this, I had very little understanding or knowledge of dementia so this experience prompted me to do an MA with a focus on dementia, my research was primarily with the carers of people with dementia.

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