Eleanor Machin awarded for pioneering dyscalculia research

Eleanor Machin

Congratulations to Eleanor Machin from ourour English Language Teaching Centre who has received a prestigious Research and Innovation Award from the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE).

Eleanor was celebrated for her ground-breaking research on dyscalculia, which causes difficulties with understanding arithmetic. Recognised as a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), dyscalculia can cause problems for students throughout their education if they are unable to access the right support.

An under-researched field, diagnosis and understanding of dyscalculia is decades behind that of the more commonly recognised dyslexia. As a result, many students miss out on the learning support they need, never realising they are affected by an Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

The ADSHE Research and Innovation Award celebrates the significance of Eleanor’s work towards developing the first fully comprehensive diagnostic tool for dyscalculia. With improved diagnosis, more students affected by dyscalculia will be able to understand the difficulties they experience and access the support they need to learn. 

Eleanor is a leading researcher in the fields of dyscalculia and maths anxiety. The resources she has developed to support learners with dyscalculia were recently published in her book The Dyscovery Approach.

Eleanor’s research informs her role as one of our Specialist SpLD Tutors, who provide learning and development support for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia and other SpLDs.

Eleanor said: "I think this is the first time I've won anything since the pair of bright orange day-glo socks I received for a colouring competition back in the 80's, so, as you can probably imagine, I was absolutely delighted to accept this award.

"That my work on dyscalculia and maths anxiety has been recognised at such a level is so important to me; there is currently a huge gap in the research on this subject, especially in the Further and Higher Education sectors.

"I hope that my work will help raise awareness of the impact of mathematics difficulties on so many of our students and their studies, and lead to more inclusive practices and better outcomes for all."