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Kate Lister MA ODE, SFHEA

Learning & Teaching Development Manager (Accessibility)

I am the manager for accessibility and inclusive practice at the Open University. My role involves driving and coordinating inclusive practice in the Open University, supporting staff to be accessible and inclusive by design, and championing disabled student needs at different echelons of the University. My background is in educational technology, language learning and accessible and inclusive pedagogies in international contexts; I worked in Germany, Spain and China before moving to the UK to take up my current role.

Mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum are core research interests for me; I lead on the OU project to embed wellbeing in distance learning, I am the co-investigator on a Jisc-funded project on student journeys, learning analytics and wellbeing, and I contributed to Student Minds’ guide on co-producing mental health strategies with students. I am a member of Student Minds’ SMARTEN network, and within the OU I sit on the Student Mental Health Working Group and the Mental Health Research Group, as well as chairing the Open and Inclusive Special Interest Group and Cross-faculty Accessibility Working Group. I was an invited speaker at the recent Ed ICT conference on technology and education and on the OU Widening Access and Success seminar on mental wellbeing in higher education, and will be giving a TEDx talk on mental wellbeing in learning and teaching in November.

Kate Lister manages accessibility and inclusive practice at the Open University, UK, and is an associate for Advance HE, most recently working on a major AHE EDI Project. Her role involves driving and coordinating inclusive practice in the Open University, supporting staff to be accessible and inclusive by design, and championing disabled student needs at different echelons of the University. Her background is in educational technology, language learning and accessible and inclusive pedagogies in international contexts; she worked in Germany, Spain and China before moving to the UK to take up her current role.

Mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum are core research interests for her; she leads on the OU project to embed wellbeing in distance learning, she is the co-investigator on a Jisc-funded project on student journeys, learning analytics and wellbeing, and she contributed to Student Minds’ guide on co-producing mental health strategies with students. She is a member of Student Minds’ SMARTEN network, and within the OU she sits on the Student Mental Health Working Group and the Mental Health Research Group, as well as chairing the Open and Inclusive Special Interest Group and Cross-faculty Accessibility Working Group. She was an invited speaker at the recent Ed ICT conference on technology and education and on the OU Widening Access and Success seminar on mental wellbeing in higher education, and will be giving a TEDx talk on mental wellbeing in learning and teaching in November.

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Project Logo ADMINS (Assistants to the Disclosure and Management of Information about Needs and Support) 2019 - 2020
Linked Journeys 2019 - 2020
Project Logo Our Journey 2019 - 2020