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Event 4: Neurodiversity in Higher & Further Education

90 minutes

Monday, 18 March 2024

15:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

Registration has closed for this event!

About the event

Thank you for your interest in this event. This event has now taken place, and though registrations are closed, if you would like to watch the recording then you can access it here (along with the other NCW 2024 event recordings!). We hope you enjoy.

The transition to post-secondary education can be a challenging experience. Whether this be a completely new learning environment, learning style, new people to meet and routines to adjust to.


So how can neurodivergent students, educators, college professionals and parents or caregivers make this transition a success?


Join us for an exciting panel discussion where we will explore:

  • Students personal experiences of navigating the educational system from undergraduate to doctoral research

  • Positive examples of adjustments to assessments and coursework

  • Advice for academic staff to create a more inclusive environment

  • Common pathways to providing adjustments and support

  • Establishing channels in institutions so that neurodivergent students can have a voice in various aspects of college life

We hope that this panel will foster a deeper understanding of the unique needs and contributions of neurodivergent students and inspire further action towards creating a more inclusive and equitable system.

This is a free online event via Zoom.

Pete Quinn | Event Chair

Inclusion Consultant, Coach and Trainer

Pete founded his Consultancy following a career spanning nearly 20 years in student support, as a specialist in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Neurodiversity at the Universities of Oxford Brookes, Oxford and York.

Since 2016 Pete has undertaken projects with Durham University (whole institution Health & Well-being Strategy), Middlesex University (Inclusive Curriculum Framework Development), University of Edinburgh (Disability Services review) University of Bristol Neurodiversity Staff Network and recent research with DSUK and University of Oxford on the Disabled PhD Student Experience of Life Sciences.

Pete also works for a diverse range of organisations including with an offshore wind company, the Tower of London, Kew Gardens and other cultural, arts and heritage organisations.

Dr Lorna Hamilton

Associate Professor of Psychology, York St John University

Lorna Hamilton is a developmental psychologist whose work focuses on neurodiversity in educational settings. Her research examines contextual factors that contribute to educational outcomes for neurodivergent children and young people in schools and universities. Lorna is an advocate of neurodiversity-affirming educational practice, and increasingly uses participatory methods to understand how educators can provide fit-for-purpose learning experiences for the widest range of learners. She works in partnership with schools, local authorities and charities such as Spectrum First Education to translate research into educational practice.

Nikki Adebiyi

Founder at Bounce Black

Nikki Adebiyi is dedicated advocate for mental health and social justice, fuelled by her personal journey of triumph over adversity while building a career. As Founder of Bounce Black, she leads initiatives to support the wellbeing and workplace needs of Black professionals. Wearing many hats as a writer, keynote speaker, consultant, and life coach, Nikki is also the visionary behind Good Vibes Good Trouble, a conscious fashion brand promoting joyful activism. With steadfast commitment to driving impactful change, Nikki fearlessly champions diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion, earning recognition on Women Beyond the Box’s 2023 Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women list.

Marcia Brissett-Bailey

Partnership Officer

Marcia is a dyslexic/neurodiversity advocate, author, and speaker. She has worked in the education sector for the last 30 years. Her main working career has been in Further Education, in diverse roles including a pastoral tutor, Careers Adviser and SEND Lead. Most recently for a London Local Authority in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Information, Advice, Support and Service (SENDIASS), as a case officer enabling parents and neurodiverse young people. Now, she is the Education Partnerships officer at Diversity and Ability. She supports work focused on intersectionality and provides information and guidance for schools, colleges, and universities.

Dr Chim Ho Yeung, Hastings

Senior Lecturer I, Department of Special Education and Counselling (SEC), Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

Dr Hastings Chim has been a registered secondary and primary school teacher as well as a senior lecturer in previously Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and currently the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) for more than twenty-five years. Dr Hastings Chim is now majorly involved in frontline teacher education in catering learning diversity and various public research funds as well as faculty and departmental funded projects. He received his Doctor of Education in University of Bristol with his research interest in Inclusive Teacher Education, Specific Learning Difficulties and Inclusive Education.

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