Meet the team

Find out about our dedicated SpLD Tutorial Service team below. All tutors are experienced teachers and specifically qualified to work with students with SpLDs.

Profile Picture of Vicky MannVicky Mann

SpLD Academic Director

I am the Academic Director for the Specialist SpLD Tutorial Team. I have been a specialist SpLD teacher since 2009, and specialise in dyscalculia, English as an additional language, and multiple literacy practices. I am very proud of our tutor team who are dedicated to working with their students in partnership to help them to build upon their strengths and work around some of the obstacles to learning they experience. Whether our tutors’ focus is upon innovative development of materials, SpLD training, or upon practice-based research, in addition to their teaching, each member of the unit makes an excellent contribution to the team. As such, we are able to offer a very high quality service to the students we support.


Profile Picture of Chris WebbChris Webb

SpLD Tutor and Assistant Director of the SpLD Tutorial Service

I joined the university in 2012 and have been a specialist SpLD tutor in HE since 2005. I’m also one of the Assistant Directors of the SpLD service and a Senior Fellow of the HEA. Working in partnership with students, I try to increase their confidence and independence, building on their strengths to overcome their specific learning differences. In addition to my teaching, I co-deliver SpLD awareness training as part of the Supporting the Supporters programme and lead on a student HEAR group project each year that aims to highlight the positives of learning differently at TUOS. I love any opportunity to put my creative talents to use (having originally trained as an illustrator) and have so far collaborated with the HEAR group to produce a festival poster and a magazine: the SpLD Times, aiming to start a university-wide conversation so that neurodiversity is not only accepted but celebrated.


Emma Tudhope Profile PictureEmma Tudhope

SpLD Tutor

I have worked as an SpLD Tutor at the University of Sheffield since 2012. It’s really rewarding to see students grow in confidence as they try out new strategies that help them work more efficiently and effectively.

As well as working 1 to 1 with students, I’m also interested in supporting staff in developing teaching methods that are inclusive and accessible to students with SpLDs. I’ve also created programmes and resources to help staff and students deal with procrastination.


Kate Connery Profile PictureKate Connery

SpLD Tutor

I have been working as a specialist SpLD tutor in both Higher Education and Further Education since 2010 . I hold Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), acknowledging my qualifications as a specialist SpLD tutor and assessor. The one to one tutorials at the University of Sheffield offer an opportunity to work in partnership with students to build on their strengths and to develop effective learning skills and strategies. The content, time and frequency of tutorials are negotiated with each individual student. My aim is to work in partnership with students to enable them to become confident, independent and successful learners.

I have also worked extensively developing study skills in Higher Education, teaching English to international students and managing a campsite in France.


Eleanor Machin Profile PictureEleanor Machin

SpLD Tutor and Assistant Director of the SpLD Tutorial Service

I have worked as a Specialist SpLD Tutor and Assessor for since 2010, working at the University since 2014. I am also one of the Assistant Directors of the service. I am a member of various professional bodies and hold Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills status.

I love being able to work with such dedicated students; being a part of their academic journey is a privilege. My job satisfaction stems from knowing I have helped in some way, whether it is just a simple comment such as, "I always feel so much better when I've been here"; observing the 'light-bulb' moment when they've discovered a new strategy; or the summer emails I get at the end of their course, telling me how brilliantly they've done!

My PhD research area is alternative theories of intelligence for the diagnosis of dyslexia, but I am also particularly interested in multi-sensory and multi-modal teaching and learning across all SpLDs. I also provide staff training and speak at conferences on a regular basis.


Profile Picture of Paul BarnesPaul Barnes

SpLD Tutor and Assistant Director of the SpLD Tutorial Service

I have been working as a Specialist SpLD Tutor in Higher Education since 2012. Studying at university with an SpLD can be challenging so my main goal is to enable the students I work with to become more academically confident, capable and independent. This process involves structured multi-sensory tuition sessions, designed to instil appropriate learning strategies, which are based upon a student’s individual strengths and needs. I believe that this process works best when tutor and student work in partnership, as this helps to ensure that the content of the sessions remain relevant, useful and fun.


Eve Rowland Profile PictureEve Rowland

SpLD Tutorial Service Administrator

I have been working as administrative support for the team since 2008 and I really enjoy working in education. I also help with the other English Language Support services we offer at the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC).