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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, and I was an author on the micro-credential 'Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum.' 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 gave a TEDx talk on mental wellbeing in learning and teaching in November 2019 (available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Tvbftg9-A).

Kate Lister manages accessibility and inclusive practice at the Open University, UK, and is an associate for Advance HE. 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 co-leads on the Advance HE collaborative project 'Embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum,' and she was an author on the micro-credential 'Teacher Training: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum.' She is also 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 gave a TEDx talk on mental wellbeing in learning and teaching in November 2019 (available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Tvbftg9-A).

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Current

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

Completed

Linked Journeys 2019 - 2020
Project Logo Our Journey 2019 - 2020