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Sarah-Anne Ashton known as Sarah-Anne Evans


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PhD Candidate in Psychology (Part-Time Started October 2017) – Constructivist Grounded Theory exploration of the lived experiences of first year undergraduate students after receiving a diagnosis of dyslexia at a Welsh University (South Wales)
Pg.Dip. Education – Policy, Leadership and Management (Cardiff)
PGCE Primary (QTS) – Foundation Phase & Special Educational Needs (Aberystwyth)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (South Wales) – Awarded: Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society Prize for the Best Final Year Dissertation
BA (Hons) Combined Studies – Early Years Development & English (Glamorgan)

Mind Cymru: Mental Health First Aid
National Autistic Society: Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder and SPELL
PREVENT awareness
ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Groups 4 Health – psychological social subscribing intervention that directly targets the psychological distress that results from loneliness and social isolation (ICSIH-4, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)


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”.


• Supporting students with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health through developing bespoke
approaches to their learning in 1-to-1 study skills.
• Neurodiversity in Higher Education (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia/ DCD; ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
• Social Support and social identity
• Peer mentoring
• Multi-sensory learning approach
• Universal and inclusive designs to learning
• Study Skills Resource enhancement and development
• Training resource development on areas related to my role as a Study Skills Tutor
• Experience teaching large groups

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



Evans, S. (2015) The effects of disability type and disability on adaptation to university life. Presented at the British Psychological Society Welsh Branch Student Conference. Cardiff, UK. April 2015.


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


I am currently working towards Mphil/PhD 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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