Dee Copeland known as Dee Copeland
MA Education, PGCE, BSC Health & Social Welfare, Dip Health & Social Care, L7 AMBDA (Dyslexia)
I have a background in quality verification, recruitment and training and honed these skills by working in the voluntary sector, training staff in advice and guidance roles. Whilst there I undertook a degree in Health and Social Welfare with the OU which focused on barriers such as environment, approach and enablement and then a PGCE at Cardiff University, teaching in adult community education, secondary settings and work-related learning schemes. It was at this time that I noticed that some of my learners were experiencing difficulties with elements of literacy not explained by a lack of learning opportunity, ability or determination, causing them to struggle and disengage from learning. Thus my interest in topics such as Dyslexia was borne.
I took a diploma in Dyslexia and joined the University in 2010 initially working as a Dyslexia Adviser, which included the carrying out and management of diagnostic assessments for students who thought they had dyslexic-type markers. I set up and delivered training for staff in difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and visual-perceptual difficulties and how these translate into not just everyday life, itself an important part of the whole student experience but also academic life and barriers to learning and progression.
My role has evolved and I manage a team of specialist staff who support students with their academic work and advise colleagues on inclusive practice. The social model of learning places emphasis on the environment to adapt to the individual learner; to be mindful and inclusive in both our approach and delivery and it highlights the message of reducing barriers, as echoed in my undergrad learning days and postgrad courses. I continue to work with my wider university colleagues to encourage inclusivity across the university.
I manage a team of specialist Study Skills Tutors who support the learning of students who have a disability or condition with their learning. I am interested in the process of learning, inclusivity and welfare.
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