As part of developing the collaborative research culture between the University of Kent and Health practitioners in Kent and Medway, the School of Arts has received funding from the Faculty of Humanities for a PhD student attached to the Imagining Autism project. The studentship has been awarded to Hannah Newman, who currently works with the project. This pioneering PhD aims to be truly ‘bi-lingual’ in its balance between science and the arts: Hannah will receive training in both the Psychology Department, especially the Tizard Centre, and the School of Arts. She will be working with Dr Yvonne Parks, Clinical Consultant Paediatrician for Kent, and will be researching diagnostic methods for autism, comparing and contrasting behaviours during more conventional diagnostic situations with behaviours in the Imagining Autism environments. The funding is for three years of study, so that the project will extend beyond the AHRC project and help to secure its legacy.