Specialist skills team

Emma Bryant
Learning Advisor – Specialist Skills

I qualified at Level 7 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support. I also have a PGCE in Secondary English and MA in Education. I’ve worked at SHU since 2016, supporting study skills tutors and providing support for disabled students.

I’ve twenty years’ teaching experience and have worked with children, teenagers and adults in a range of settings. I’ve worked as a teacher, course leader and examiner in subjects including English, Literacy and Film Studies, and remain fascinated by language and communication. Finding that study skills were not always given enough space in the curriculum, I have retrained as a dyslexia specialist, and have worked with dyslexic learners in a prison setting before joining the team at SHU.

Emma Bryant

I think skills belong right at the heart of university study, and am delighted to be part of the new Specialist Study Skills team at The Bridge, working with such talented and interesting students.

Jo Fleming
Manager – Specialist Skills

I hold an MA in Specific Learning Difficulties, am a British Dyslexia Association approved Specialist Teacher and Specialist Assessor and am an Associate Member of British Dyslexia Association with a Practising Certificate. I also hold my PGCE (HE and FE) with Numeracy and ESOL Teaching Specialisms.

I have worked in inclusive teaching and learning for around 20 years with extensive experience of developing and providing one to one and group specialist support to students with neurodiversities. My work has extended across sectors developing and delivering inclusive practice within a range of institutions.

My current areas of interest include the impact of co-occurrence on learning and how to ensure students maximise their individual strengths to build confidence in transferable skills that can be used in learning and life.

Jo Fleming

I value the opportunity to develop a holistic student centred transformational approach within a new and exciting service based in the The Skills Centre with a great team of Specialist Learning Advisors.

Gemma Holtam
Learning Advisor – Specialist Skills

I have a Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia Practice and Research, a PGCE in Post 16 Education (FE) and an MA in Online and Distance Education. I’m also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have over 8 years experience of providing one-to-one study skills and dyslexia support to students in post 16 (FE & HE) education.I also have extensive experience of leading the development of the profession, being part of the Executive Committee for the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education.

Gemma Holtam

My interest in specialist study skills was born out of my own experiences as a disabled student, as I found study skills tuition transformed my grades.

Kate Parr
Learning Advisor – Specialist Skills

I hold a Level 7 Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention in Dyslexia and Literacy, a PGCE in FE post 16 Education, a Level 5 Literacy Specialism Certificate, and a Trinity certificate in ESOL.

I have comprehensive experience of working in post 16 (FE) & (HE) Education and have over 10 years’ experience of providing one-to-one language, literacy or dyslexia support, with individuals who have a learning difficulty or differences.

I adopt an inclusive and holistic approach to teaching and learning, supporting students to acquire more effective study skills to enable them to overcome barriers to learning.

I’m an active person who enjoys the outdoors in my free time and am a keen cyclist who likes a challenge.

Kate Parr

It is always a pleasure to work with such a diverse mix of students and I try to instil confidence in their learning and their ability to succeed.

Kate Salinsky
Learning Advisor – Specialist Skills

I’m qualified at Level 7 with a Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention in Dyslexia and Literacy as well as a PGCE in Post 16 Education. I’ve worked at SHU supporting disabled students with a wide range of different disabilities and needs since 2014.

My background is in working with adult learners in the voluntary and community sector and have worked for the Sheffield Alcohol Support Service for 20 years training and supporting adult learners in recovery from drug and alcohol problems as well as those who work with them.

I also have a passion for sport and exercise and in my spare time like to run and compete in triathlon. I am a self-employed fitness instructor and work with individuals helping them to reach their fitness goals.

Kate Salinsky

Each person I work with is unique and together we find what works for them. I love helping people to develop their skills and confidence and reach their potential.