I joined Learning Services in February 2016, having previously worked within the University in admin.In my role, I support students on a one-to-one basis, working with them to improve their study skills. I work 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.
I initially applied to for my role as it offered funded training - which is a rare thing these days! Over the next four years, I will be undertaking a MEd and PGCAP as well as several other CPD courses. Juggling almost full-time work and studies is 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.
Prior to joining UCS in 2014, I lived in Paris where I worked as an Au Pair for a teenage boy with mild Asperger's Syndrome. I was a part of his journey from a struggling high school student, who was treated as if he was lazy or dumb, through diagnosis and into positive interventions which saw him begin to excel in classes which he was previously failing. This experience highlighted the difficulty students face when the way they naturally learn does not fit the model of the education system they are a part of.
I feel very lucky to now be in a position where I can help and support students on a daily basis.
In my spare time (when I'm not studying) I am a member of the WI, and of course, this means that I love to bake.
If you are in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and are entitled to receive non-medical help in the form of tuition from a specialist tutor, then please contact Lisa Fieldsend as she is the registered specialist tutor for the University.
I am currently in the process of completing my qualifications in order to become a registered specialist tutor. Although I can still help any student in an Academic Skills capacity, please be aware that any support I deliver will not be considered specialist tuition by DSA.