SURFACE - Inclusive Design Research Centre

MSc success for trio of MAID students

Friday 28 February 2014


The SURFACE team is delighted to announce that three students from our Masters programme in Accessibility and Inclusive Design (MAID) have been awarded degrees by the University of Salford, following a recent meeting of the Board of Examiners.


The three students, all of whom graduate with a Master of Science qualification (MSc), are Stephen Frew (UK), Cheryl Giruady (Canada) and Simon Kesting (Germany).

Stephen has a background in architecture and planning. For his dissertation, he studied whether, when combining the disabilities of visual and mobility impairment in connection to personal homes, it is possible to have a hierarchy of provision in achieving a usable and inclusive environment.

Cheryl Giraudy is a practicing architect and an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Her dissertation was on ‘Matter of Access: Evolving Material Practices for Inclusive Wayfinding’.

Simon Kesting is the founder of Kesting Projektdesign, a Design for All consultancy based in Hamm, Germany. In his dissertation, he focused on Design for All for young children, undertaking an assessment of German “Kitas” (environments for learning-through-play for 3-6 year olds).

Accessibility and Inclusive Design (MAID) was established in 2002 and ran, in its original form, for over ten years. We are now redeveloping MAID into a new course in Assisted and Independent Living which we hope will attract a broad spectrum of professionals, including access officers and consultants, health and social care professionals and practitioners in urban design, planning and architecture.

The course will be jointly delivered, through distance learning, by the School of the Built Environment and the School of Health Sciences. Please contact us to express an interest.