Laura Macmillan is the Disability Officer at UCO working as part of the Academic Support Services team.
Laura offers support, advice and guidance in all aspects of disability support available at UCO.
Laura assists in Disabled Students Allowance applications, ensuring reasonable adjustments for students are put in place, as well as writing Learning Support Plans and delivering initial dyslexia screenings. Laura also ensures all students who attend a screening and whose results indicate a possible diagnosis of dyslexia, are referred for full assessment to gain an official diagnosis.
Laura also offers general pastoral support and can offer advice and guidance on external support agencies and general wellbeing support.
Laura has a wealth of experience in Special Education Needs Provision offered in compulsory and post 16 education, having been an Assistant SENCO, Literacy Co-Ordinator, Reading Support Facilitator and Advanced Practitioner in writing Education, Health and Care Plans. Laura has also worked as a Student Mentor and Safeguarding Officer as well as teaching students with specific learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, severe and profound learning difficulties and mental health issues.
Laura has a background in Film Studies in addition to her thirteen years’ experience of working in support and teaching roles, with a particular interest in Psychology in Film.
Current projects include:
Effective Transition for Students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC):
BA (Hons) Film Studies and Creative Writing – Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle
MA via Independent Study (Research) Film Studies – DeMontfort University, Leicester
Member of NADP (National Association of Disability Practitioners)