13 August 2014
A dyslexic University of Derby student who organised a major event promoting the strengths of dyslexia - attended by British fashion guru Sir Paul Smith - has been nominated for a UK award recognising inspirational people tackling social issues.
More than 400 people attended January's successful University event co-organised by BA (Hons) Education Studies degree student, Sarah Chapman. She also recently launched 'Young Dyslexics', a national dyslexia awareness initiative for UK schools, through the Dyslexia Association (which Sir Paul is patron of) where she volunteers. The initiative has been supported by actor and writer Henry Winkler, best known as TV's 'The Fonz', himself a dyslexic.
Sarah's nomination is in the 'Positive Role Model Award for Disability Nominees' category of the 'Positive Role Model Awards' section of the 2014 National Diversity Awards. Her initial nomination, by husband Chris Chapman, 29, has been backed by 372 endorsements, including complimentary quotes praising her for "transforming lives" and "putting her heart and soul into helping people with disabilities".
Awards winners will be announced at a dinner on Friday September 26, at the Hurlingham Club in London. The National Diversity Awards, which this year received more than 21,000 nominations in total, will be hosted by TV presenters Brian Dowling and Cerrie Burnell.
After struggling at school and leaving with no qualifications, Sarah is now pursuing her degree course while working to help dyslexic children and adults. Approximately six million people in the UK are dyslexic, some having difficulty with reading and writing, but many also possessing strong problem solving or creative skills.
Sarah, 30, of Derby, said: "I'm delighted that my nomination for the National Diversity Awards has received so many endorsements.
"I feel deeply touched by the amazing things that people have said about my positive impact on their lives and honoured that my efforts have been recognised with a nomination for this prestigious awards event."
Frances Browne of Worcester, whose son Henry received help from Sarah in dealing with his dyslexia, said of the University of Derby student: "Sarah is someone who has had an impact on Henry, we his family, his classmates and his whole school's view on dyslexia. I will never be able to repay her or say thank you enough and she fully deserves to be recognised for this."
The dyslexia event Sarah co-organised at the University of Derby in January was done as part of her 'Futures Award'. The certified University of Derby scheme encourages students to work on volunteer projects with charities and other organisations, improving their leadership and management skills, to also improve their employability.
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19 June 2014
Children at Etwall Primary School spent the day celebrating languages by taking part in a variety of exciting activities designed by third-year trainee teachers from the University of Derby.
The pupils, aged four to 11, had fun developing their knowledge and enjoyment of French and Spanish through a range of games, songs, stories, crafts and dances.
Centred on the theme of 'animals', the activities ranged from retelling children's book The Gruffalo in French to chanting and dancing the traditional Spanish dance 'hakas'.
The activities celebrated the partnership between the BEd (Hons) Education degree at the University and Etwall Primary School, which hosts many University students on their training placements.
Hannah Minns, a third year BEd (Hons) Education student, said "It's been so exciting to see the children's enthusiasm for languages; they had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities they took part in."
Katie Warburton, the languages Co-ordinator at the school said: "The students have really enriched our children's learning."
Claire Scott, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University, said: "The partnership, and this day of activities has been extremely valuable to our students, giving them vital skills in the classroom and in developing teaching materials. The day was a wonderful celebration of language learning and further strengthened our relationship with the school."
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28 January 2014
Celebrated British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith visited the University of Derby today (January 28) to launch an event promoting a better understanding of dyslexia, jointly organised by a degree student with the learning disability.
Sir Paul, who is himself dyslexic and a Patron of the Dyslexia Association, opened the event - entitled Dyslexia: A successful journey through university and into the workplace - at the University's main Kedleston Road site in Derby. Dyslexia affects around six million people in the UK.
He told those attending the day's workshops and presentations, that the often different and creative ways people with dyslexia approached problems could make then a success in education and greatly benefit employers.
The day's event was organised by Sarah Chapman, a dyslexic third-year BA (Hons) Education Studies degree student specialising in special educational needs and disabilities, and the Dyslexia Association, for which she volunteers.
Sarah jointly arranged it as part of her Futures Award. This University of Derby scheme encourages students to work on volunteer projects with charities and other organisations, helping good causes and developing their own skills.
The event was attended by around 400 people, including people with dyslexia and educators working with them.