Sharon Hocking

I have been working in student services in Higher Education as both a practitioner and manager of disability services since 1999. I have worked in this capacity in a range of Universities including Ravensbourne College of design and communication, Roehampton University, University of East Anglia, University of Ulster, and the University of the Creative Arts

I proposed, and lead a major HEFCE funded project (post SENDA) which was recognised by the sector and the former DRC as best practice in relation to building services through engagement with disabled people.

I am currently running a 2 year project which is focused on developing inclusive practice. I believe that inclusive practice in learning, teaching and assessment is the best route to ensuring disabled students are able to thrive and achieve in education. I am running the project in close collaboration with Student Union liberation groups, academics and through engagement with disabled students.

I am interested in becoming an NADP director as this is probably the most challenging era for disability services and will require the sector to work even more closely together, drawing academics into the journey to provide a future that is built on excellent pedagogies and truly inclusive educational settings. While we should strive to campaign to retain a fair and just funding system we should also be developing practices that ensure students do not always require additional support to achieve their educational goals.