Aimee and ChrisWould you like the opportunity to take part in an exciting SpLD student project?

The project involves working with other students with an identification of dyslexia/Specific Learning Difference at the university over the course of an academic year. This is an opportunity to work on something that will benefit other students with SpLDs, and potentially, the wider Sheffield community.

The activity will also be recognised in your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) if you began your studies in or after September 2012.

Find out more about the benefits of HEAR.


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What’s the activity?

It involves a small group project work to promote equal participation for students who have a label of dyslexia/SpLD. The idea is that with your group, you will talk about the challenges students with SpLDs face at university and also consider some of the positives of studying and learning in non-traditional ways. You will use this discussion to develop ideas for a resource that might help other students overcome some of the challenges they experience, or realise how they can utilise their strengths in their learning environments.

The kind of resource you come up with is up to you! It could be a website, a pod-cast, a video, a blog, a series of drawings, a written piece. Last year’s group produced a magazine: The SpLD Times (click here to view), and previous groups launched a society and held a mini festival.

The key thing is that your resource is useful for other students with SpLDs. There may also be the opportunity to develop your resource for use in the wider if you successfully enrol as a senior project worker the following year.
You will need to meet up with the group for a minimum of 10 hours over the course of the year with minimal guidance from a tutor. Chris Webb from the SpLD tutorial team will be there to offer advice and oversee, and to accredit the work for HEAR recognition.

How do I apply?

To apply, please email Chris Webb (c.webb@sheffield.ac.uk) with the subject:

"Application for SpLD HEAR activity"

Please attach a brief CV and statement explaining why you are interested in taking part and why you think you would be suited to the project.

Why not take a look at the videos on our blog where students talk about their positive experiences of being involved: http://learningdifferentlyatuos.blogspot.co.uk

What happens next?

If selected, Chris will invite you along for an informal chat in early November. In making a decision, she will consider the following:

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm and commitment
  • Past experience of working with others with SpLDs
  • Past experience of project work

If you would like to know more about this project, or if you would like to ask questions before you apply, please email Chris Webb: c.webb@sheffield.ac.uk