A LECTURER from the York St John University has won a Winston Churchill fellowship to boost his research into how people with autism can be helped with employment.

Senior lecturer Dr Jonathan Vincent is one of 150 people to win a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship. He is to use the grant to go to Canada and the USA to look at best practice in supporting graduates with autism into employment.

Since the scheme’s beginning in February 1965, 5,400 people have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from more than 100,000 applicants.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said: “Churchill Fellows are motivated and talented individuals who travel globally and return with innovative ideas and a commitment to share their findings to help others in the UK.”

Churchill Fellows must be UK citizens aged 18 or over, but they do not need other qualifications. The categories for the 2018 fellowships will be announced on May 9, details at www.wcmt.org.uk