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Elle Wills

Academic Skills Advisor

In my role, I support students on a one-to-one basis, working with them to improve their academic skills. I joined the Academic Development Team in February 2016, having previously worked within the University in the Planning and Management Information team since August 2014. Between 2016-2020 I worked closely with the academic teams in the Nursing and Health departments to provide in-course workshops and teaching tailored for their students, as well as contributing to the Learning Services general workshop programme. Beginning in 20/21 I will be supporting the Suffolk Business School and School for Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology.

I have an MEd with distinction from the University of Birmingham in Language, literacies and dyslexia. I completed this while working at Suffolk, juggling almost full-time work and studies was a challenge, but it has given me a really fantastic insight into the experiences of my students and continually helps to inform my practice, both academically and pastorally. My research areas this degree focused on inclusive practice and peer supported review of teaching.

From October 2020 I will begin my Doctorate study through UEA; my research will be focusing on the impact of education spaces on the self-identity of learners with non-visible disabilities in their first year of undergraduate study. 

I am a fellow of the HEA, and I am ATS FE/HE accredited with the British Dyslexia Association, which I am a professional member of. 

Prior to joining UCS in 2014, I had lived in Paris, London and York, where I studied for undergrad. I graduated with First Class Hons with Distinction in History of Art in 2012; my areas of interest were urban, architectural and spatial theories, and their intersections with feminist and queer theories.

I work part-time, usually Wednesday-Friday. In my spare I make and sell watercolour and ink illustrations, and I help to run Cake and Revolution WI, which of course means that I love to bake.

As part of my role I provide Specialist Study Skills non-medical help support funded by DSA, for both Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and Autism Spectrum (AS). I also manage our capacity and allocation of students within our team.

If you are a member of staff and would like to learn more about DSA, the processes involved, the way we support students or specific learning difficulties or autism in general, I would be happy to hear from you.

If you are a student entitled to receive Specialist Study Skills through the University of Suffolk is your provider, and you have any questions, queries or concerns about your support, please get in touch.  

If you are a student and think you should be entitled to DSA Specialist Study Skills support or you're not sure who your provider is, then you can contact my colleagues in Student Services via

I contribute to the teaching, support and management of Functional Skills English for apprenticeship students at Suffolk. If you are a member of staff or a student and you have questions, queries or concerns regarding Functional Skills, please email