Working Effectively with Autistic University Students

Bookings launch at the start of September 2019

Friday 8th November – North East TBC     10.00am-5.00pm

Friday 15th November London – TBC   10.00am-5.00pm

This one day CPD certified course will enhance and build upon your existing knowledge and experience of working with Autistic students in Further and Higher Education based on a two year Research Autism study  (The Cygnet Project) which was informed by the views of Autistic adults.

You will look at the barriers, challenges and successes which Autistic students face at university and consider strategies and inclusive practice you can implement in your current roles and institutions.

You will be able to:

  • Explore the mentoring role, its boundaries and ways in which it differs from other roles
  • Identify and consider a range of professional roles that are relevant to supporting autistic students at university, their remits and their boundaries
  • Apply this knowledge and understanding to the specific context of  working at your university within the DSA structure
  • Consider the transition and strategies that can be adopted in pre-enrolment activities
  • Consider inclusive practice to mitigate the barriers Autistic students may experience

This will be of benefit to all Further and Higher Education practitoners who wish to expand, explore and develop their current knowledge and practice, including Disability Advisers, Service Managers, Subject Leads, Academic Tutors, DSA Needs Assessors, AT Trainers, Mentors & Study Skills Tutors.

This will support your evidence based practice and professional CPD accreditation.

Your trainer

Nicola Martin was Principal Investigator for The Research Autism Cygnet Project. She is now Professor of Education and Social Justice at London South Bank University. In this role Nicola developed the MA programme in autism and education,  and the EdD in Education and Social Justice. Both programmes cover post compulsory education. Nicola has headed up disabled student support services at two universities and was Director of The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam for two years. Her PhD focussed on the experiences of autistic university students.

Nicola is formally accredited by the CPD Standards Office as an Accredited Speaker. The accreditation complies with the DfE/DSA-QAG requirement (dated 10 August 2016) for training to be delivered by ‘a suitably qualified person.’                                                           

Feedback

“A very interactive and engaging workshop that helped me to understand the complexities of autism and how to assist students with SpLDs in HE”.

“I was most impressed with Professor Martin’s extremely wide and in-depth knowledge of the subject and also her knowledge of our job roles. This helped to make the anecdotes and examples she provided become really ‘real’ and relevant to our the roles we perform”.

“I was particularly interested in the AS social group and how that has had a positive impact. I also found it useful that different teams were invited on the course so we could learn from each other”.

“I really appreciated the expertise in the room and it was really helpful to discuss a ranch of issues with our colleagues. Joint training is always helpful in this respect.

I have always liked Nicki’s down to earth, common sense approach and her ability to normalise the experiences of autistic people; including university students”.