A networking event for HE support practitioners to share expertise and good practice. The round-table discussions will bring together student support and counselling professionals from universities in Dubai to share their experiences in supporting inclusivity in Higher Education.
Topics for discussion
- The new Inclusivity legislation
- Specific learning difficulties in HE
- Mental health issues amongst students in HE
- Supporting foreign language learning in HE.
Refreshments will be provided.
Date: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Time: 11am -12.30pm
Venue: Middlesex University Dubai. Dubai Knowledge Park, Block 17 Room 007
Dr. Sean Pavitt
Senior Inspector for Inclusive Education at KHDA
Sean Pavitt has been instrumental in developing Dubai’s inclusive education strategy under the leadership of the inclusive education task force and the executive council.
Sean has been immersed in the lives of people of determination for his entire life, and has worked in the Special Education sector for over 25 years. After becoming one of the youngest principals in the UK, he then went on to lead 3 special schools. He has also led on inclusive reform at local authority level and has facilitated a number of national leadership development programmes. In addition to his vast experience, he is a qualified teacher and holds further postgraduate qualifications related to Special Educational Needs and Psychotherapy.
Topic Leader – Foreign Language Learning
Dr. Christina Gitsaki
Research Coordinator at the Center for Educational Innovation at Zayed University
Executive Secretary General of the International Association of Applied Linguistics
Dr. Christina’s areas of expertise are second language acquisition and teaching pedagogy. She also has extensive Higher Education teaching experience, has presented her research at over 122 international conferences and has been invited to speak at over 40 professional events. She is the author, editor and co-editor of 12 books on language education research and her writing has been published widely.
Topic Leader – Mental Health
Executive Master Coach and NLP Practitioner working at The Human Relations Institute and Clinics Dubai
Ajunct Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai
Toleen’s coaching and mentoring revolves around clients with depression, anxiety, bipolarity and she focuses on assisting her clients with life transitioning, self-development and identifying their true purpose in in life. She is passionate about coaching parents of children with special needs and helping them through the process of transitioning into their new life and what that means to them personally and as a family. Her philosophy consists of balancing the ‘Wheel of Life’ so that no one area of life overtakes the others.
Topic Leader – Specific learning Difficulties
Mrs Siobhan McNiff
Learning Support Counselor at Middlesex University Dubai
Siobhan is a dyslexia practitioner and an expert study skills tutor with a clear understanding of university level writing skills and disability support. Siobhan is also an enthusiastic staff trainer in areas of disability awareness, including legal compliance, who negotiates and implements individual learning plans to enable students to demonstrate their learning potential.