Neurodiversity and the Student Academic Experience

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Tuesday 04 April 2023

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


Elm Bank Coventry University



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Neurodiversity (Specific Learning Differences; SpLDs) and the Student Academic Experience: co-creating a mixed method project to explore the lived experiences of neurodivergent students studying at the University of Warwick.

Across the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) sector, we see a positive increase in the number of students starting courses with declared disabilities, particularly Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Neurodiversity encompasses all of these mentioned SpLDs, many of which co-occur or overlap. However, research across the HEIs has identified that disparities exist when comparing the continuation rates and the learning and teaching experiences of disabled students versus non-disabled students (NSS data). At the University of Warwick, our TEF submission in 2018 and the Access Participation Plan also echoed these wider sector research findings. 

During the session:

  • We will report how we used inclusive co-production and participatory action research principles to develop this student and staff project
  • Report our survey findings Neurodivergent Students (SpLDs) about their academic experiences at the University of Warwick
  • Report qualitative interview findings on the lived academic experiences of disabled students at the University of Warwick
  • The co-creation of a digital inclusive practice toolkit created from existing inclusive practice staff at the University of Warwick and wider HE resources.


For enquiries please contact Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson, Research Centre for Global Learning (GLEA)