Brian has over 20 years direct experience in Statutory, Further and Higher Education, with direct working knowledge of mentoring and teaching in FE through to managing delivery of professional wellbeing services to students and young people, including providing specialist support for vulnerable student groups and disabled students across further and higher education.
Alongside his role as Chair of NADP, Brian currently works for Diversity and Ability (D&A) as the HE Partnerships and Inclusion Co-ordinator and is also the recently elected Chair of the LINK European Partnership, representing NADP and the UK perspective in working collaboratively with six partner countries in sector Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) research and development. Brian also has extensive knowledge and experience in working in and with:
- FE Colleges, Universities and HE Providers across the UK, inclusive of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Students’ Unions and the NUS
- Leading HE and FE Student Services provision inclusive of operational and strategic delivery
- Staff and Student Wellbeing
- Working as a lead for NADP with UK Government departments including the Department for Education (DfE) and the Student Loans Company (SLC) relating to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) and inclusion
- Working collaboratively with lead sector stakeholders in partnership
- Sector wide national and international partners on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), inclusive practice, disability, mental health, finance and welfare, assessments and widening participation strategies
- Safeguarding in Child and Adult protection including policy development
With an underlying passion in the use of the social model, in promoting inclusivity, equality, accessibility, social mobility, wellbeing strategy and enabling the sector staff and student voice, Brian’s core focus is in ensuring quality sector support and services for disabled students is maintained through NADP’s continued commitment to providing quality CPD training and events, inclusivity research snd development, safe forums for members and lively and informative conferences for professional staff working across Disability and Inclusivity related services in further and higher education.
For further detail on Diversity and Ability (D&A) and LINK, please see:
W: https://www.ahead.ie/link (European partner site)