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Improving Student Success Through a Trauma Informed Approach in Higher Education

The BERA Educational Effectiveness and Improvement SIG is concerned with sharing, developing and disseminating research that explores, informs and improves outcomes in education. With current priorities to support both staff and student well-being in higher education, especially as a direct result of COVID, research on the need for trauma informed practice to support student success and staff development, is even more pertinent.
Trauma informed practice recognises the existence and impact of childhood trauma on the mental, physical, social, emotional and psychological health in both children and adults. Research on the impact of childhood trauma in education is not new, and there have been many initiatives to promote trauma informed practice within schools across the UK. However, the higher education (HE) field is yet to embed this practice across HE institutions, and so Trauma Informed HE was founded.

This webinar will disseminate trauma-informed research projects that have been carried out across HE institutions in the UK and the key findings on the relationships between adverse childhood experiences and success in the sector. It will also explore the impact these have had on current practices and future provision, as well as how the projects have informed university policies and practices in order to pave the way for trauma-informed institutions.


2:00pm BERA introduction
2:05pm Introduction and opening 
Aniqa Khaliq, University of East London
2:10pm What is trauma?
Emma Davies, University of East London
2:20pm Beyond Adversity and more at UEL
Emma Davies, University of East London
2:35pm Childhood Trauma in the Workplace at NTU
Stefanos Nachmias, Nottingham Trent University
2:50pm Supporting care leavers
Rebecca Page-Tickell, University of East London
3:05pm Becoming Trauma Informed: Aberdeen University
Isobel Dawson, WAVE Trust
3:20pm Impact and Implementation: Panel Discussion and Q&A
3:40pm Closing remarks 
Aniqa Khaliq, University of East London
3:45pm Event Close

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Aniqa Khaliq, Mrs

Senior Lecturer at University of East London

Aniqa Khaliq is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Aniqa started her career as a mathematics teacher, teaching and learning across sectors (youth academies, school, FE and HE),...


Emma Davies, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of East London

Dr Emma Davies is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She leads the Beyond Adversity Project: Research and development on trauma-informed practice in Higher Education. Her research has focused on children’s rights, adverse...

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Stefanos Nachmias, Dr

Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University

Stefanos is a Principal Lecturer and the Deputy Head in the Department of Human Resource Management. Stefanos work closely with the Head of Department to develop and implement strategies in achieving the Department's learning and teaching...

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Rebecca Page-Tickell

Director of Education and Experience at University of East London

Rebecca Page-Tickell is director of education and experience (DEE) for the Royal Docks School of Education and Experience at the University of East London (UEL). A principal practitioner with the Association for Business Psychologists, she has...

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Isobel Dawson

Project Manager for Police and Criminal Justice at Wave Trust

Isobel has been working for the charity WAVE Trust for 6 years and is currently the Project Manager for Police and Criminal Justice. Their mission is to prevent violence, ACEs and trauma and they have been experts in the field of trauma and...

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Hannah Abdullahi

Research and Project Coordinator at University of East London

Hannah Abdullahi is the Research and Project Coordinator of the Empowerment 360: Moving Beyond Adversity Project at the University of East London. This is an initiative improve the wellbeing, and thereby, the retention of students by taking...