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Mark Illman

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I am an academic skills adviser at UoS with a background in European studies, music, art, literature and language teaching (having worked in Poland, Spain, Japan, New Zealand, and the Middle East during my career). I am available to give support with study skills, referencing and academic writing. I am very interested in working with student with Specific Learning Differences and from non-traditional academic backgrounds, as well as users of English as an additional/academic language.

I hold an MA in Language Teaching from the University of Auckland, NZ, and a BA Honours Degree in European Literature from the University of East Anglia. I also have a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Suffolk and most recently a Post Graduate Certificate in Language, Literacy and Dyslexia from the University of Birmingham. I am an HEA fellow and have Approved Practitioner Status for supporting Specific Learning Difficulties. I have an interest in developing online learning materials and in-person coaching to support independent learning and inclusivity in HE. 


If you are in receipt of Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) and are entitled to receive non-medical help in the form of tuition from a specialist tutor, I may be able to offer support with your studies in the field of dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, specific learning difficulties as part of your DSA allowance. I am currently registered as a specialist tutor in this area of practice.

Please be aware however that support cannot always be guaranteed due to limited capacity within my role. If this is the case, then you will be assigned an alternative route for your support, either with another Academic Skills Adviser, or an external provider of DSA support.


Please contact Student Life (in the Waterfront Building) if you would like to discuss your options further: