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Innovative Lego support project receives award from ADSHE

Two tutors from the University have recently been awarded a Practitioner Project Award by the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE).

Jackie Hatfield and Tina Horsman, who are both specialist tutors based within the Study Support Service, received confirmation of the award which will allow them to investigate using Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) within their practice.

The award aims to innovate and share good practice in learning and teaching and as a result, ADSHE has contributed £500 to the project.

This will investigate the value of using LSP within support sessions as a multisensory medium that will enable students to unpack complex challenges relating to themselves and their neurodiversity, as well as their academic work.

The initiative allows students to investigate, manipulate and represent their ideas physically before creating a verbal and textual response.

Mark Worrall, chair of ADSHE, said that the project proposal was ‘exciting, innovative and excellently presented’ and he was delighted to be able to give ADSHE’s backing to this practitioner project.

Below shows two models, created by a student and Jackie, a Trained Facilitator of Lego® Serious Play® methodology. The one on the right-hand side is the students, and was used to explore how the student’s dyslexia has impacted on their learning and overall life.

The student noted how their ‘model communicated my personal experiences and Jackie’s reflected my diagnostic assessment report’  

A second example of the LSP project can be seen below, where a student was asked by Tina to model: ‘How do you feel about your dissertation?’  


Through the use of storytelling, metaphor, questioning and reflection, they were able to discuss the next stages of the student’s dissertation journey.

More information on the Study Support Service can be found here.