Douglas McLeod

An image of Douglas McLeod, learning spaces product engineer at the University of Dundee.

Douglas McLeod

Douglas McLeod is a member of the LTSMG, SCHOMS, AV User Group and AVIXA. Currently learning spaces product engineer at the University of Dundee, Douglas has worked in the university in variety of roles since joining in 1985.

Having previously run the AV Support Team looking after all Centrally Managed Teaching Spaces and Events, Douglas’ current role encompasses the design of all the university’s Learning & Teaching Spaces.

Douglas was instrumental in the delivery of the stunning interactive learning suite in the Dalhousie Building at Dundee university.

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Dr Christie Marr

Dr Christie Marr

Dr Christie Marr beccame Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute in 2012.

After teaching secondary school Mathematics in London, Christie completed an MSc and DPhil in theoretical computer science in Oxford before taking on post doctoral positions in Warwick and in Oxford. Following this, Christie founded and managed the Mathematics Support Centre and Scottish Mathematics Support Network at the University of St Andrews.

Christie’s research has been funded by DERA, EPSRC and the US National Security Agency among others and in 2010 Christie was awarded a Sigma Prize for her ‘outstanding contribution to mathematics support’.

As deputy director of the Isaac Newton Institute, Christie has an integral role in facilitating programmes for eminent mathematicians from all over the world in what is recognised to be an international centre of mathematics excellence. She is committed to increasing the number of women in mathematics, particularly from developing countries.

Visit the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences to find out more.

 

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Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen is IT Service Owner of Learning Spaces and Collaborative Environments at the University of Warwick. Working for the university since 2001, Jonathan began as a conference AV technician before moving over to the central AV services team to embark on a more technical role.

In addition to his work at the University, Jonathan is chair of the Learning and Teaching Spaces Managers Group (LTSMG) a group of over 350 members who are responsible for managing the design, specification and support of AV/IT technology within Higher Education.

 

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Priti Kashyap

Priti Kashyap MA SpLD

Following a degree in Orthoptics, Priti Kashyap worked as a locum orthoptist and clinical demonstrator. Her early experience led her to discover how effective coloured lenses can be, even with complicated conditions; so she was delighted to join the Dyslexia Research Trust to work with Dr Sue Fowler in 2008.

Priti has now expanded her knowledge and skill set, by undertaking and successfully completing an MA in SpLD/Dyslexia at Bath Spa University. Priti undertakes clinical research to further the understanding of dyslexia as part of the Dyslexia Research Trust and assesses both children and adults with reading difficulties in their Reading Clinic.

The DRT is a charity and runs on donations and research grants. Donations go toward enabling the continued assessment of people who would not otherwise be able to afford assessment and treatment.

Visit the Dyslexia Research Trust for more information.

 

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Professor John Stein

Professor John Stein is Emeritus Professor of Physiology at Oxford University

Professor John Stein

Professor John Stein is Emeritus Professor of Physiology; Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford University. His research is wide reaching, covering the ways in which vision controls movement in animals, the links between dyslexic children and anti-social offenders and the visual, auditory and visual basis of dyslexia.

Professor Stein is widely published and frequently in the media talking about his work. In 1995 he joined Dr Sue Fowler, a respected orthoptist, in founding the Dyslexia Research Trust (DRT) to investigate the brain mechanisms underlying visual reading difficulties. Together they put forward the ‘magnocellular’ theory of dyslexia.

Dedicated to is to helping people with reading difficulties, especially young children, to achieve their full potential in life. Professor John Stein says: “Often dyslexic children are very talented. It’s just that their talents don’t include reading and spelling.”

Watch Professor Stein discuss the link between creativity and dyslexia below. Visit the Dyslexia Research Trust for more information about their work or visit his profile at the department of physiology, anatomy and genetics at Oxford University: John Stein


Magda Mostafa

Dr Magda Mostafa is an Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo, Special Needs Design Associate at Progressive Architects and CP-Director of UNESCO-UIA Education Commission.

Magda Mostafa PhD

Dr Magda Mostafa is an Associate Professor at the American Uinversity in Cairo, Special Needs Design Associate at Progressive Architects and CP-Director of UNESCO-UIA Eduction Commission.

Author of the world’s first set of criteria for designing for autism, the ASPECTSS Design Index, Magda is the winner of a UIA Architecture for All Research Award and travels the globe speaking and consulting on the architectural design for autism.

This is a image of a world map from Magda Mostafa, it uses the world’s first set of criteria for designing for autism, these are based on the values set out with the ASPECTSS Design Index

Visit An Architecture for Autism for more information about Magda’s work and learn about her design services.

Watch Magda’s widely popular TEDX talk below:

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Louise Boyle

This is a square image of Louise Boyle who is a lecturer at Glasgow university and is an active researcher in the field of Human Geography

Louise Boyle PhD

Louise Boyle, PhD, lecturer at Glasgow university and is an active researcher in the field of Human Geography. Her ESRC-funded project entitled “Running into the SAnD: a social and anticipatory geography of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAnD) in on- and offline worlds” looks at how individuals use everyday spaces and how they are impacted by those spaces.

Louise is particularly interested in the geographies of health and illness, particularly lived experiences of mental ill-health and wellbeing. She believes strongly that higher level learning should be accessible to everyone and that the design of learning spaces, formal or social, should consider how the individuals within the space will be impacted by design choices. She writes about and from lived experience and is particularly interested in the topic of social anxiety and mental health.

Read Louise’s research about the Social and Anticipatory Geographies of Social Anxiety online here:

 

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