Current Students and Staff

// University News

30 May 2018

Study Support Service receives three aDShe award nominations

Specialist tutors from the Study Support Service have been nominated in three different categories for this year’s prestigious Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (aDShe) Annual Awards.

The staff members, who work as part of the Counselling and Disability Service in Student Services, will attend the aDShe Annual Conference in Birmingham in June, where the winners will be announced.

Karisa Krcmar has been nominated for the aDShe Research and Innovation Award, an award she previously won in 2017. Karisa was nominated for her holistic, research-based practice: her work on the benefits of mindfulness for study has provided a wealth of tools which both tutor and student can use to maximise executive function and minimise stress.

The whole Loughborough University Study Support Service Team has been nominated for the aDShe Institutional Award. The team has been recognised for their work developing and sharing multisensory resources and their contribution to the University’s disability and neurodiversity awareness training for academics, by delivering workshops about learning, teaching, and supporting students.

Using mindfulness techniques alongside specialist study skills, the team are recognised as innovative, creating opportunities that do not exist in other institutions.

Team members have voluntarily undertaken dyslexia and neurodiversity training and successfully adapted their email and other communication styles appropriately and create visual aids for study support; specialist tutors have also worked hard to develop quality sessions on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for colleagues over the last three years.

Sharing a nomination for the aDShe 7 Principles Award are Jackie Hatfield and Tina Horsman. The two regional group coordinators both actively seek out new multisensory strategies for support. They constantly aim to develop their expertise through CPD, taking on master’s level courses about mental health and learning.

They have delivered workshops at conferences and regional events and are recognised for their encouragement of others to get involved and develop ideas.

With over 700 members, aDShe was formed to represent Dyslexia Specialists working in Higher Education. The association focusses on supporting students in their transition from school to higher education, and then progressing to the workplace.

Find out more about the Study Support Service available at Loughborough on the dedicated website.