Jules is passionate in her belief that disability should not be a barrier in education. She joined the board in 2016 as she wanted to become involved in improving the professional development and status of disability practitioners in further and higher education and promoting excellence in the quality and consistency of support services provided for disabled students and disabled staff. Working for a primarily distance learning online HE and FE provider, Jules believes that she is able to provide a different voice and add an alternative perspective at board level.
Jules has worked for an alternative provider of HE and FE education for 5 years, having previously worked in the SENCO department of a school, supporting students at GCSE and A-level. She developed the Disability and Wellbeing Service in her institution and now manages the team. She is involved in writing policies and procedures for the institution and trains staff on disability related matters. At present, she is writing the resilience component of the university induction module and the accessibility policy for the institution.
She is committed to continuing professional development and she is proud to have gained NADP accredited member status. She found this an extremely worthwhile endeavour, as she was able to develop her knowledge and understanding of the professional context in which she works and she has been able to apply this to her day to day working practices.