Staff profile

Dr Rosemary Shepherd

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and SEND


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I recently graduated as a Doctor of Education where I specialised in supporting the effective teaching, learning and assessment of higher education students (with an emphasis on disabled students). I work as a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education on the BA (Hons) Education Studies,  BA (Hons) in SEND and the MA in Inclusion and SEND.

Teaching responsibilities

As a Senior Lecturer I have responsibility for leading and/or  teaching: Research Methods for Independnent Studies, SEND and Inclusion, The Changing Role of the SEND Practitioner, Specific Learning Difficulties, Eitology of SEND. I also teach on the MA ISEND where we explore the lived experiences of people with SEND through autobiographic narratives which involves every day life, Education and employment. I am also an Independent Studies supervisor, Personal Academic Tutor and advisor for SEND on the Foundation year for SEND.

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 continue to 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. I am particularly interested in the mental health and resilience of students and ways to improve the teaching, learning and assessment strategies through the use of active learning and dialogic pedagogy. 

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 these teaching approaches could benefit all students.

The findings provided a platform to explore through a professional doctorate the lived experiences of disabled students on the learning support they received 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 special educational needs in the classroom, such as ASD, 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


Recent conferences

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 44 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 the 1700s.

Recent publications