Academic Skills Adviser (Dyslexia)
I am an Academic Skills Adviser - Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (0.5), working as part of the Student Learning Services (SLS) team, within the Centre for Academic Development (CAD). I provide academic skills advice and support for students with dyslexia and other specific learning differences across all courses and all levels. In this role, I aim to enable everyone that I work with to maximise their potential as independent learners. Within CAD I teach on the Principles of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PLTHE) courses contributing within the areas of neurodiversity and inclusive practice. I advise staff and run workshops on Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusive Practice. This post allows me to draw upon my wide knowledge base and extensive experience (in both Further and Higher Education) as a curriculum manager, lecturer, research project manager, widening access project coordinator and dyslexia assessor and specialist.
I have extensive experience as a dyslexia specialist, working with both adults and children, and also as a lecturer, researcher and practitioner within collaborative, multi-disciplinary and participatory practice in the visual arts and the creative industries. This has led to a research interest in three inter-related areas: creative and design approaches within learning and teaching, visual methods for practice-based research and developing visual learning strategies for students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences.
I teach on the Principles of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PLTHE) courses contributing within the areas of neurodiversity and inclusive practice.
- Further Info
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
I have an advisory role in raising awareness of dyslexia nationally and in shaping of policy. I am a member of:
- The Dyslexia Cross Party Working Group at the Scottish Parliament.
- The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) Accreditation Board for new HE courses in Dyslexia.
- The Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) - Regional Co-ordinator (organising CPD) for other dyslexia specialists.
- A professional member of Dyslexia Scotland (registered dyslexia assessor and tutor).