Working Effectively with Autistic University Students

Bookings closed: 31st October 2019. However we are currently planning to repeat these events in Spring 2020 and details will be available shortly. Please email the NADP office to be notified as soon as the bookings open.

Friday 8th November – Teesside University, Darlington    10.00am-4:30pm

Friday 15th November London Metropolitan University  10.00am-4:30pm

Cost: Named Members & Associates: £130.00
Non-members: £160.00

This full day training event with lunch provided is suitable for all academic and professional staff working with students on the Autistic Spectrum. In addition, the DfE have accepted this course as part of the registration process for both Specialist one-to-one Study Skills and Strategy Support – Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Specialist Mentor – Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

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.


North East: The event will be held in room D3.11, Teesside University’s Darlington Campus – Vicarage Road Darlington, DL1 1JW and shown on this map.

Please note: the building is at the back of the campus. The building says Teesside University on it where the rest say Darlington. There is one road through to all of the car parks and if you want to be close to the building you will need to drive all the way around to the back of the campus.

London: The event will be held at London Metropolitan University’s Tower Building on the North Campus which is off the main Holloway Road – directly opposite the Holloway Tube (Picadilly Line) Details of the site can be found here. The room we will be using is in the main Tower Complex and is room number GC1 – 08. This is accessible via a lift.

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.’                                                           


“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”.