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

If you are a student currently registered with the SpLD or dyslexia tutorial service, we would like to invite you to apply to take part in a group project that will benefit other students with SpLDs/ dyslexia.

The project involves working with 4 or 5 other students with an identification of dyslexia or SpLDs at the University over the course of the current academic year. This is an exciting opportunity to work on something that will benefit other students with SpLDs studying at university, and hopefully, the wider Sheffield community, too.

The activity will 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.

What’s the activity?

The activity will involve small group collaborative project work to promote equal participation for students who have a label of dyslexia or specific learning difficulties. The idea is that, with your group, you will talk about some the challenges students with SpLDs or dyslexia face at university, and you will also consider some of the positives of studying and learning in non-traditional ways. You will use this discussion to begin to develop ideas for a resource that might be able to help other students with SpLDs or dyslexia 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 the group. It could be a website, a pod-cast, a video, a blog, a series of drawings, a written piece, a play etc. The key thing is that your resource can be used by other students with SpLDs. There may also be the opportunity to develop your resource for use in the wider community (e.g. in schools) 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 ( 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.

Last year’s group launched The SpLD Society:


Please take a look at the videos on our blog where students talk about their positive experiences of being involved:

What happens next?

Chris will select individuals for an informal interview, about half an hour long, held at 301 Glossop Road in late October or early November. In making a decision about whom to interview, we will look at the following:

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • An understanding of the difficulties experienced by students with SpLDs or dyslexia in education
  • Willingness to engage with some of the issues facing students with learning differences
  • Enthusiasm and commitment for the described project work
  • Past experience of working with others with SpLDs
  • Past experience of project work
  • Ability to critically reflect, particularly in relation to one’s own learning experiences

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: