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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.

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope, Professor

Provost and Professor of Education at at Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University. In 2018 she developed and opened Marjon University Cornwall based in Truro, which she leads. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist...

Aniqa Khaliq

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...

Stefanos Nachmias

Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Stefanos is a Principal Lecturer and the Deputy Head in the Department of Human Resource Management. Stefanos completed his PhD in Business and Employment Practices (2012) at Leeds Metropolitan University which explores students’ career...

Rebecca Page-Tickell

Royal Docks School of Education and Experience, 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...

Isobel Dawson

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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