The professional relevance of work by members of the Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs is fostered through well-established links with practitioners working in schools and services as well as involvement with parent groups. Members of the department hold senior positions within over 40 voluntary bodies including The Association of Workers for Children with Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties (AWCEBD), The National Autistic Society (NAS), The National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) and The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment.
The Group is also represented on the editorial boards of nearly 20 major journals in the field such as The British Journal of Visual Impairment, Disability and Society, Deafness and Education International, Educational Research, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Good Autism Practice, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Journal of International Special Educational Needs, Journal of International Special Education and Services, and SENCO Update.
Head of Department
Head of School
Professor of Equity and Inclusion
Julie Allan is Head of the School of Education and Professor of Equity and Inclusion. She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Borås in Sweden. Her work encompasses inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and is both empirical and theoretical. She has a particular interest in educational theory and the insights offered through poststructural and social ...
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Teaching Fellow (Language, Literacy & Dyslexia)
Having begun her career as a teacher of German and English, Vikki went on to specialise in the field of learning difficulties and disabilities, teaching in mainstream, special, further and higher education. She is currently also a member of the University’s Learning Support Team where she works with a range of students with specific learning difficulties and delivers CPD.
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Academic and Professional Tutor
Nick Bozic works as an academic and professional tutor on the initial training course for educational psychologists. Fifty percent of his time is spent working as a practicing educational psychologist in Birmingham Local Authority.
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Graeme is a Lecturer on the Language Literacies and Dyslexia programme and on the Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO) programme in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs.
He has extensive experience of working in a wide range of schools across the West Midlands. As well as holding various senior leadership roles within primary schools, he has also worked in an ...
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Liz is a Research Fellow working on a Sense funded project exploring the impact that diagnosis has for people with Usher syndrome. Liz is interested in exploring the effect of changes in Usher syndrome and the knowledge that someone has Usher, on the life and experiences of a person with Usher.
She will be interviewing people who are about 15, about 25, and about 45 years old, who have type 1, ...
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Reader in Autism Studies
Director of Autism Centre for Education and Research
Dr Karen Guldberg is currently Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. She is a Reader in Autism Studies in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN).
Dr Guldberg is passionate about ensuring there is synergy between her teaching and research. She teaches on undergraduate level programmes through ...
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Lecturer in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)
Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement
Neil Hall started in his current role in September 2010, although for 20 years, as an Honorary Lecturer, he taught on various CPD programmes in special education and child protection and on initial and post qualification doctoral training courses in educational psychology. Neil is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Practitioner ...
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Lecturer, Deafblindness and Multisensory Impairment
Liz is the only University lecturer in the country in Deafblindness and The School of Education is the only nationally recruiting programme for teachers who wish to qualify with Mandatory Qualifications recognised by the GTC in deafblindness.
Initially teaching children with severe learning difficulties, an interest in sensory impairment led her on to working with deafblind adults in further ...
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Academic and Professional Tutor, educational psychology
Julia has a background in teaching in both secondary school and further education. She works part-time as a Senior Educational Psychologist for a local authority in the West Midlands.
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Tutor in Educational Psychology
Senior Educational Psychologist
Jane works as a tutor in educational psychology and is involved in teaching and supervising trainee educational psychologists on the three year initial training programme (Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate).
Alongside this Jane works as a Senior Educational Psychologist for Birmingham Local Authority, for one day a week, working with schools and other settings and with ...
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Lecturer in Autism
Before joining the University Andrea worked in the voluntary sector, supporting adults with disabilities. She developed and managed models of support (including supported living, employment, peer support and community inclusion) for adults with Asperger syndrome within the West Midlands region.
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Programme Lead (Visual Impairment)
Deputy Head of School
With over 25 years’ experience of teaching in schools and Higher Education (HE) Mike has extensive experience of curriculum design, delivery and evaluation as a teacher, lecturer, Director of Education and a researcher. Mike’s research interests include developing ‘research-informed’ pedagogical practice within HE with a particular focus on the development of ...
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Director of Professional Training in Educational Psychology
Sue has been a practising educational psychologist for more than 25 years, and, in addition to her teaching and research responsibilities within the University, continues to practice as a chartered educational psychologist on a 0.1 full-time equivalent basis.
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Lecturer in Autism
Dr Despina Papoudi is a Lecturer in Autism in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN). She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Despina taught between 1995 and 2013 on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Greece. She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology at the National and Kapodistrian ...
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Lecturer in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia
Dr Maria Reraki is a lecturer and the programme leader for the MEd course in Language, literacies and dyslexia in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) at the School of Education.
Maria is a qualified teacher specialised in teaching English to learners of other languages that have dyslexia/literacy difficulties. She has a strong interest in assessments and ...
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Lecturer, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
Programme Director, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Dr. Matthew Schuelka is Lecturer in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and also serves as the Program Director for the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) program. He comes from a diverse background of study, research, and teaching experience – having taught multiple ages and subjects in the United States, Bhutan, Malaysia, and now the United Kingdom. Besides a passion ...
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Academic and professional tutor to Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate programme
Anita Soni is an Academic and Professional tutor in the School of Education.
She is interested in working with children and their families in their early years of life, between birth and 7 years. She is enthusiastic about developing the skills of the Children’s Workforce, especially those working in Children’s Centres, and early years provision in the maintained, voluntary and ...
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Lecturer in Deaf Education
Emmanouela is an experienced teacher and researcher, working with deaf children. She is particularly interested in literacy development and social emotional development of deaf children and adolescents and how this can be enhanced by early identification and hearing aid technology.
The School of Education has the largest course for providing training for teachers who wish to gain the mandatory ...
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Jane brings experience in primary and tertiary teaching and research, educational consultancy and lived experience with vision impairment.
She graduated MEd. Special Education Autism (Children) from the University of Birmingham in 2010, researching synergies between learners with vision impairment and autism. She was a member of the DfE funded research project: Engagement of Learners ...
Professor of Inclusion and Diversity
Executive Editor: Educational Review
Gary Thomas took up the post of chair in education at Birmingham in 2005. Before university teaching, he worked as a teacher and as an educational psychologist. In higher education – at the University of Leeds, at Oxford Brookes University, UWE and University College London – his teaching and research have focused on inclusion, special education, and research methodology in education.
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Tutor in Educational Psychology
Dr Huw Williams is a Chartered Senior Educational Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council who teaches on the Applied Educational and Child Psychology programme. As an Academic and Professional Tutor Huw supervises Trainee Educational Psychologists and coordinates the Complex Individual Needs module for first year Trainees. Huw is interested in promoting the use of ...
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Lecturer in Autism
Kerstin has been appointed as a lecturer and researcher in the Autism Centre for Education and Research. She previously worked for several years in the Oxford Autism Research Group, where she managed the work programme of the International Molecular Genetics Study of Autism Consortium (IMGSAC). As a member of staff at the Oxford Neurodevelopmental Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Centre, Kerstin ...
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Teaching Fellow in Education (Deafness and Hearing Impairment)
Angie Wootten is a practising teacher of deaf children and young people. She works in a peripatetic capacity for Warwickshire’s Sensory and Complex team under the over-arching Integrated Disability Service and visits children of all ages and covering a spectrum of need.
Angie worked as a placement supervisor and a regional tutor for the university’s course Teachers of Children with ...
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Emeritus Professor (Special Education and Educational Psychology)
Ann Lewis is Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) where she was research leader for a unique, 35-strong, academic group focusing on children with special needs or disabilities. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick (UK).
She has a longstanding interest in the ‘voice’ of disabled children, in particular, conceptual and methodological aspects ...
Emeritus Professor of Special Education (Visual Impairment).
Despite retirement at age 67 in 2001, he has maintained his interest and research in the educational and psychological development of blind and partially sightede people, especially children and adolescents. He is currently re-examining the mass of data gathered on a group of 120 visually impaired children who were aged 5 at the beginning of the research in 1972.
He has also carried out in ...
Honorary Senior Lecturer (Deafness and Hearing Impairment)
Linda has a background of experience as a teacher of the deaf and educational audiologist and her research and teaching are rooted in this experience. She is particularly interested in the early language and literacy development of young deaf children and how this can be enhanced by the use of cochlear implants and/or digital hearing aids. She has a collaboration with the University of Melbourne ...
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