Jackie Hatfield – Regional Group Co-ordinator

I have worked at Loughborough University since 2006.  I have two job roles, working for three days a week as a Specialist Study Support Tutor for a range of students who are in receipt of DSA, and the remaining two days as a Study Support Tutor for the University’s Art Foundation Programme.  In these two roles I see students ranging from those who are beginning their journey in Higher Education through to those pursuing the challenges of researching and writing their PhDs.

I have a particular interest in understanding and helping students to bridge the gap between writing at A-Level (and equivalent) and the requirements and conventions of academic writing.  As a result of working with Art and Design students for many years, I am aware of the difficulties and frustrations they experience when writing academically.  As a consequence of working with them, and as a visual learner myself, I have become increasingly interested in investigating visual and creative support strategies.  One of the outcomes of these investigations is that I have become an active member of Writing PAD (Writing Purposefully in Art and Design), a network that seeks to embody an inclusive, creative, reflective and multi-sensory approach to student writing.

My practice has become an amalgamation of embodied visual and kinaesthetic strategies that allows students to discover their own personalised style so that they can translate their ideas in to textual formats.   I am continually anchored and guided by the ADSHE 7 principles and this has resulted in the growth of a methodology that engages the senses and supports metacognitive development.  Ultimately, I am striving to support my students to become independent, both personally and academically, which in turn will support their well-being and future aspirations.

Tina Horsman – Regional Group Co-ordinator

I am a specialist study support tutor for students with specific learning differences at Loughborough University, providing specialist one-to-one study support for students with a range of neurodiversities, including dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. In addition to this role I am an independent, fully qualified assessor for specific learning differences (with AMBDA and APC status) and a staff trainer. I have worked within education for many years and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Dyslexia Guild. The AdShe 7 principles lie at the heart of my practice and guide my pedagogy.

Over recent years I have recognised that many more neurodiverse students are experiencing difficulties with mental health. I have developed a particular interest in the co-occurrence of mental health difficulties and have undertaken further study in order to understand how this is affecting students’ self-confidence and further impacting their learning. As a result I have established and incorporated appropriate strategies within my work, extending my multisensory practice and the ways in which I work with students and their individual profiles, to include mindfulness and adopting a growth mindset.

As a mindfulness practitioner I have developed and co-delivered a unique Mindfulness for Study programme within the university and co-authored the book Mindfulness for Study: From Procrastination to Action. The use of mindfulness within the 1:1 setting is relevant to the neurodiverse student experiencing anxiety and stress and is introduced on a little and often basis, which can be over learned and practised whenever the student needs. The technique is motivational, especially in the context of mindfulness for study and leads to greater metacognition for student and tutor. This work has led me to inaugurate the Higher Education Mindfulness Network to provide a platform for sharing mindfulness research and practice, with staff within the higher education sector.

What others say

Jackie Hatfield and Tina both actively seek out new multisensory strategies for support, developing their expertise through CPD (e.g. taking on masters level courses about mental health and learning). They share their knowledge and free software with their students, share expertise within their team of specialist tutors and with the wider aDShe membership through their dedication to arranging quality CPD training and delivering workshops at conferences and regional events.

Kerry Pace – Founder of ‘Diverse-Learners’

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