Staff profile

Rosemary Shepherd

Joint Honours Subject Leader: Education Studies and SEND Pathway Leader: Education Studies


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Teaching responsibilities

As a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies I have responsibility for leading: Psychology and Education: Understanding Teachng and Learning at level four and the core modules on the SEND pathway at level 6 which include: The Changing Role of the SEND Practitioner (double module) and Managing Special Educational Needs and Disability. I am also an Independent Studies supervisor

Professional interests

I have a broad background in Special Educational Needs, Educational Psychology, Literacy and Childcare I graduated with a BA Education from the University of Derby. I have worked for the University of Derby since 2004 working as a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Education Studies. I have also trained leaders and teachers in managing SEN and provided teacher training in a voluntary organisation spanning the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire region. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and follow through with research into Excellence in Teaching and Inclusion in higher education.

Research interests

My main research interests are focussed on identifying and managing the Special Educational Needs of students both in compulsory schooling and higher education.  

My Masters Degree in Education explored the notion of structured teaching approaches (including structure, visuals and explaining techniques) used with students with Asperger's Syndrome. The study identified ways that these teaching approaches could benefit all students.

The findings have provided a platform to explore through a professional doctorate (EdD, year 4) the perceptions of students  who have hidden disabilities  on the learning support  they receive in higher education.

My research has also explored the role of the teacher in compulsory education and the difficulties encountered in managing the inclusion of young people with SEN in the classroom, such as ASDs, Dyslexia and Epilepsy. A further research interest has explored the notion of student illiteracy in higher education and ways to ensure students are prepared and skilled for the workplace.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Association


Recent conferences

A poster presentation on the benefits of using structured teaching approaches, normally adopted to enhance the learning of students with Asperger's Syndrome, to benefit the whole class. This was presented at the Communication: The Key to Success conference at Edgehill University in June 2012.

Presentation of Doctoral reasearch to Oxford Brookes University  July 2014

Presentation of Doctoral Research  at the SEND Conference at the University of Derby  June 2014

Experience in industry

I have worked in a supportive role in compulsory education (Primary and Secondary) and provided training in a voluntary organisation for the past 36 years

Additional interests and activities

I am very active in a voluntary organisation that involves the training, teaching and counselling to adults, young people and children. This involves public speaking, charitable work, motivating and encouraging self reliance. I also have wide experience in genealogical research and have researched family ties back to 1700s.

Recent publications

Chapter 2   Teaching Learning and the National Curriculum in  Walkup, V.  Ed. (2011) Exploring Education Studies. My authoring considered the changing role of the teacher in society and the impact of the National Curriculum on the teacher and learner, London:  Pearson.

Chapter  6  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Supporting the needs of children and young people through inclusive practice in Brownlow, S. (2014) Empowering the Children's and Young People's Worksforce, Abingdon: Routledge