Disability and Dyslexia Service

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Meet the Team

Simon Jarvis, Head of Disability and Dyslexia Service

Simon joined Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) as Head of the Disability and Dyslexia Service in August 2008. He has previously worked in a variety of roles within the disability sector of Higher Education, including disability adviser, assistant manager at a DSA-QAG registered Assessment Centre and a freelance DSA needs assessor. Simon is also the Principal Safeguarding Officer for Professional Services at QMUL.

Room 3.06A, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 2765

Ashleigh Brownsmith, Disability Advisor (Assistive Technologies), Deputy Head of Disability and Dyslexia Service

After graduating from the University of Derby with a degree in Computer Studies, Ashleigh worked within the private sector as a software engineer, developing EPOS software and large database systems, before taking up a role at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2004.  Since then he has held a number of posts within the Disability and Dyslexia Service, in which he has gained a great deal of experience in supporting students.  More recently Ashleigh completed a Masters degree in Online and Distance Education, a significant element of which related to supporting disabled students.

Room 3.06D, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 2764

Melanie Dupin, Mental Health Advisor

Melanie joined the team in 2016, having previously worked in a similar post at another Higher Education institution.   She has worked within the mental health field since 2008, including supporting young people with eating disorders and working in mental health advocacy.  She has a special interest in emerging conditions and developing resilience.

Room 3.02C, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel: 020 7882 8887

Lucia Evans, Disability Adviser (Specific Learning Difficulties)

Lucia worked as a student learning advisor at the British School of Osteopathy for five years before moving into the area of welfare and disability for another two years. She has supported students with a variety of disabilities and health issues, including SpLDs and went onto specialise and complete her Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher and Further Education. She joined QMUL in August 2017.

Room 3.02A, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel: 020 7882 2758

Brodie Fenner, Disability Advisor

Brodie completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology before working within the disability team at Sheffield Hallam University. She worked in a number of different roles during this period, including a mental health disability adviser and a DSA needs assessor. She also completed an MSc in Occupational Therapy in 2014 and is a qualified practitioner. As an Occupational Therapist she is trained to complete dyspraxia diagnostic assessment. Since moving to London from Sheffield four years ago, she has continued to work as a freelance DSA needs assessor, as well as completing dyspraxia diagnostic assessments.

Room 3.02B, Francis Bancroft Building

Tasnima Kamali, Mental Health Advisor

Tasnima has worked in mental health services since 2015, more recently specialising in mental health support for students within further education (FE) and higher education (HE). Prior to joining Queen Mary University of London, Tasnima worked as a Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer within FE and as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor in HE. As a freelance mentor she has supported students across various Universities in London with mental health conditions through their educational journey. Tasnima is also a qualified Counsellor and is a registered member of the BACP. 

Room 3.06G, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 6705

Niall Morrissey, Mental Health Co-ordinator

Niall joined the team in March 2012. Prior to taking up his role at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Niall worked as an Occupational Therapist in community mental health in Cambridge. His background is in music and the arts and Niall continues to be involved with arts based charities in London and Cambridge.

Room 3.06H, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 7359

Melanie Parsons, Disability Adviser 

Melanie has previously worked as a Learning Support Assistant at Anglia Ruskin University, where she helped support students with a variety of disabilities. She then relocated to London taking on an advisory role within student complaints and appeals at the University of the Arts and in 2011 she moved into a similar role here, at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). During this time she undertook a PG Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners with Specific Learning Differences, which has led to her interest in taking up her current position.

Room 3.06E, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 2757

James Ross, Disability and Dyslexia Service Frontline Support Officer

James started working for Queen Mary University of London in 2014, where he started in Library Services.  In 2017 he joined the Disability and Dyslexia Service. James has worked alongside students in higher education with specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions and disabilities and has provided administrative support for these students for the last year.

Room 3.06, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel: 0207 882 2756

Sadie Setchell, Disability and Dyslexia Service Frontline Support Manager

Sadie took up her post as administrator for the Disability and Dyslexia Service at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in May 2007 having previously worked in a similar role within Higher Education at the DSA-QAG registered North London Assessment Centre and has been providing administrative support to students with a variety of disabilities for the last six years.

Room 3.04, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 2756

Leanne Walker, Disability Adviser

Leanne began working in the welfare to work sector in 2009 as a disability employment advisor, where she trained and supported disabled individuals into secure employment.  She decided to take a career break and left the UK to travel, working at The University of Melbourne as a consultant during this time.  In 2015, Leanne returned to the UK, where she joined QMUL.  She is currently undertaking a postgraduate (Level 7) AMBDA accredited course, to qualify as a dyslexia assessor and tutor. 

Room 3.06F, Francis Bancroft Building
Tel:  020 7882 6941

Shagufta Fayyaz, Specialist One to One Study Skills Tutor

Shagufta Joined Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) as a Specialist study support tutor in Jan 2017. She has completed her BSc (HONS), MSc, PG Cert and is currently studying PGCILT at London school of hygiene & tropical medicine (LSHTM). She also teaches at LSHTM, where she participated and published papers in various research projects.

She has developed her expertise in SpLD over the past 10 years having worked in similar roles in various Higher Education and Further Education institutions as a Specialist tutor, assessor, mentor and Lecturer in Additional learning support.

Shagufta also previously worked in the private sector in Canary wharf, providing 1:1 specialist support to staff with SpLD and disabilities.

Room 3.02D, Francis Bancroft Building

Kate Leadbetter, Specialist One to One Study Skills Tutor

Kate joined the team in 2018.  She previously worked freelance as a specialist one to one study skills tutor for HE students with SpLDs at a number of London universities.  She holds an Assessment Practicing Certificate and is qualified to complete diagnostic assessments for dyslexia.  She also holds a PGCE (Lit) in Post Compulsory Education and has been working as an English teacher in the Adult and Community Learning sector since 2009.

Room 3.02, Francis Bancroft Building

Pru Lunberg, Specialist One to One Study Skills Tutor

Pru took up her post as Dyslexia Tutor at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in early 2007. She has a professional background including years working as a teacher of ESOL/EFL, working in the theatre, and working in fundraising. Since completing a postgraduate teaching certificate, she has worked with students with specific learning differences in a variety of other Higher Educational establishments within the greater London area. She currently works half the week here at QMUL, and half the week at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She supports students studying a wide range of subjects.

Room 3.02B, Francis Bancroft Building

We also have a dedicated team of mentors, and providers of Non-Specialist Human Support.

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