Who we are

Our Disability Inclusion team is here to help you access the support you need during your time at Edinburgh Napier. We hope that by introducing you to our team, it will help encourage you to take the step to get in touch and get the support you need.

 
 

What we do

We help students across all three of our campuses (Merchiston, Craiglockhart, and Sighthill), and we support students with a range of different disabilities, learning difficulties, conditions, and support needs. We are here to ensure that students get equal access to university life.

 

Who to speak to first

If you are contacting our team for the first time, please email disabilityandinclusion@napier.ac.uk and you will reach our admin team, who will either assist you with your query or point you in the direction of the right adviser to suit your needs.

 
 
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Heather Armstrong - Disabled Student Engagement Worker 

I speak to disabled students about their experiences at Edinburgh Napier and work with the rest of the Disability Inclusion Team to make the university a more inclusive place to study. I support the work of the Disability Inclusion Student Ambassadors and the implementation of Edinburgh Napier’s local BSL Plan.

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Jane Barclay - Disability Inclusion Advisor 

My role is to be a point of contact for new and existing students within the Schools of Health and Social Care, Applied Sciences and Business School who have a long-term health condition, sensory impairment, or Autism. Working with students a plan will be created to ensure appropriate strategies are in place to assist within the teaching and learning environment and the wider university community.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 

Claire Beechey - Assistive Technology Adviser 

I am part of the Disability Inclusion Team. My role is to advise you on the software we have available to help you with your studies and provide training and support on how to use it. This training is open to all students and staff, as well as those who have assistive technology funding through DSA.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 
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Kirstie Fairnie  - Disability Inclusion Advisor 

I work with students with Specific Learning Difficulties at Sighthill. I advise students about support available, create Learning Profiles (support plans), and help students to apply for funding for support.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 
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Audrey Gunn   - Disability Inclusion Advisor 

I am the main point of contact for students based at Merchiston campus with a Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia etc). I advise students of the support we can provide before and while they study with us. It's my job to create Learning Plans, support applications for Disabled Student Allowance and answer questions from students along the way.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 
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Jonathan Staal   - Inclusion Services Manager 

I mostly work with Business School students who have a Specific Learning Difficulty, such as Dyslexia. I also work with students with mental health conditions. In addition, I manage the Disability Inclusion team and work with Schools and other Services on making the University a more inclusive place to study and work.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 

Lisa Adams - Disability Inclusion Advisor

In my role I work with students across all 3 campuses. Please book an appointment on MyFuture if you are struggling with your mental health or ADHD as I can signpost you to the wide range of support on offer at Napier. I am not a counsellor, but I am happy to listen to any issues you are facing, and I can support you in finding appropriate help. I also draw up a Learning Profile which helps to ensure appropriate strategies are in place to help support your studies.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 
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Jenny Hall - Disability Inclusion Advisor

I work with prospective and current students within the Schools of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment and Arts and Creative Industries who are autistic, have sensory conditions affecting their vision or hearing, challenges with their mobility and/or long-term health conditions. I can work with you to create a Learning Profile (support plan) and make arrangements for any other requirements you have to enable you to access your studies.

Students I work with can book an appointment via MyFuture
 
 
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Dawn Hamilton - Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Administrator 

I provide administrative support across the different services within the wider Student Wellbeing and Inclusion team. When providing support to the Disability and Inclusion team, I respond to queries from students looking for support, directing them to make appointments with advisors as appropriate. I support referrals for student support, referrals for educational psychologist assessments and process DSA awards. I also assist with preparation and organisation of support to students when sitting exams.

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Alice McLeish - Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Administrator

I am an administrator for the Student Inclusion and Wellbeing Team, where I provide admin support across the services. My main role within the disability and Inclusion team includes being the first point of contact for students and staff who have enquiries for the Disability and Inclusion team. I also carry out many administrative processes within this role, some of these include processing referrals for student support, processing DSA awards and Needs Assessments, signposting students to the right adviser or other services, helping students book appointments, processing invoices for student support, and processing Educational Psychologist referrals and reports.

Email: a.mcleish@napier.ac.uk

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Michelle McAllister - Student Wellbeing and Inclusion Administrator

I am an administrator for the wider Wellbeing and Inclusion team. As well as supporting the Disability and Inclusion service, I also support Counselling, Safeguarding and Keep on Track. In terms of supporting the Disability and Inclusion service, I process referrals, reports and requests for student support; signpost students to other support services as appropriate; and help students to book appointments.

Email: m.mcallister@napier.ac.uk

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