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Julie was awarded an MA in Special Educational Needs in 2003. She is the programme leader for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo). Julie joined the University in 2014, having spent seven years working as an SEND Inspector in a Local Authority. Prior to this she was an Advanced Skills Teacher for Special Educational Needs.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

Julie is the leader of the Dissertation module for the Masters in Education.


  • Julie worked with her colleagues, Dr Geraldene Codina and Dr Alasdair Richardson on the 2015 Holocaust Memorial Day Trust materials to support pupils with additional needs.
  • In March 2016, the article she wrote with Dr Sean Bracken from the University of Worcester was published in the National Association for Special Educational Needs magazine Special! Entitled Realising the potential, this piece examined the impact of Education, Health and Care Plans from a range of perspectives
  • In September 2016 Julie presented a symposium with Dr Geraldene Codina and Miriam Walker at the Winchester Values and Education Conference entitled Shaping attitudes towards inclusion in which they considered the ways in which individual difference is respected in schools by considering three different enablers of inclusion: embodiment, the use of language and the development of communication skills.
  • In the same month she also presented alongside these colleagues at the British Education Research Association Conference as part of a symposium entitled Welcoming schools: enabling inclusion.
  • In November 2016 Julie presented a seminar exploring Welcoming Schools and Refugees and Asylum seekers at the Challenges and Opportunities in Education for Refugees in Europe: Reviewing Research and Good Practices at the University of Bergamo
  • In September 2017 Julie presented a symposium with her colleague, Miriam Walker. This was titled: Don’t judge me, don’t label me, don’t make assumptions: hear my voice at the British Educational Research Association (BERA), University of Sussex.  
  • In the same month, she also published a further article with Dr Sean Bracken in NASEN's Connect publication entitled: National Award for SEN Co-ordination - working in partnership
  • In November 2017, Julie presented alongside Dr Wayne Veck and Dr Louise Pagden at the World on the Move Conference at Manchester University. The symposium was entitled Migration, assimilation and inclusion: insights from Schools of Sanctuary in the UK
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