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Sarah-Anne Ashton known as Sarah-Anne Evans

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Qualifications

BA (Hons) Combined Studies – Early Years Development & English (Glamorgan)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (South Wales) – Awarded: Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society Prize for the Best Final Year Dissertation
PGCE Primary (QTS) – Foundation Phase & Special Educational Needs (Aberystwyth)
Pg.Dip. Education – Policy, Leadership and Management (Cardiff)
Mind Cymru: Mental Health First Aid
National Autistic Society: Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder and SPELL
PREVENT awareness
ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

About

Prior to my time working in Student Services, I worked as a Primary School Teacher in the South Wales area, mainly as a day-to-day supply teacher, specialising in behaviour management, and literacy development. I joined the University in 2010 as a Study Skills Tutor in the Disability and Dyslexia Service. During this time, I also worked as a Student Support Worker and Electronic Note Taker. From January 2016, I was also appointed as an Hourly Paid Lecturer in Psychology, which I continue alongside my present role as a FTE Specialist Study Skills Tutor.
My background is quite diverse in that I started my career path as a primary school teacher, with undergraduate training in Early Years development and TEFL, with the progression on to PGCE primary education, with a focus on Special Educational Needs. I furthered this with training at postgraduate level (PgDip.Ed) in Educational Management, Policy and Leadership whereby I focused on social mobility and practice enhancement. I have since undertaken BSc (Hons) Psychology, in which I was awarded the British Psychological Society, Welsh Branch Prize for best undergraduate dissertation, whereby I focused my research on “The effect of disability identity and disability type on adaptation to university life”.

Experience

• Supporting students with learning difficulties and disabilities through developing bespoke approaches to their learning in 1-to-1 study skills.
• Autism Spectrum in Higher Education
• Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia/ DCD; ADHD/ ADD)
• Social Support and social identity
• Peer mentoring
• Multi-sensory learning approach
• Study Skills Resource enhancement and development
• Training resource development on areas related to my role as a Study Skills Tutor
• I have taught across a number of first and second year Psychology modules, including Research Methods, Introducing Psychology, Individual Differences and Historical Concepts in Psychology.
• Experience teaching large groups

I also teach on a number of modules across the School of Psychology

2018-2019
PL2D101 – Understanding And Researching Psychology: Social, Developmental And Individual Differences (Across all elements)
PL2D100 – Understanding And Researching Psychology: Cognitive, Biological And Historical (Research Methods)
PL1S124 – Perspectives in Psychology
PL3S140 – Health and Wellbeing Development
PL1D120 – Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology

Memberships

Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
Associate Member of the Dyslexia Guild

Research

I am currently working towards Mphil/PhD study in Psychology at USW under the supervision of Dr Rachel Taylor and Dr Dan Bowers. I am exploring the lived experiences of undergraduate students with a diagnosis of dyslexia, particularly focusing on if a diagnosis of dyslexia has an influence personal and social identity development.

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