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Marian's Biography

marian grimes

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Hello. I am a qualified teacher of deaf children with over 10 years experience of working in deaf education, a large part of which involved directly supporting deaf students in further and higher education. I have also worked with primary and secondary school children in special school and mainstream settings. Previous posts include that of Head of the Further Education Department at Hamilton Lodge School for Deaf Children and Service Provision Manager for Edinburgh and East of Scotland Deaf Society. I started working for the ADPS project in November 2000.

Since January 2003 I have also been studying for a doctorate in Education, which means working at weekends and evenings. However, I still manage to fit in other things, including playing saxophone and supporting live music and other arts events - Edinburgh having a particularly wide range on offer. Although I am originally from Consett in Co Durham, Edinburgh is one of my three "second homes", the other two being Hull and Brighton where I have worked and/or studied in the past.

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Claire's Biography

claire leiper

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When I left school in 1995, I studied for a BA Hons at University College Chester. I also undertook youth and personal development training provided by FYD (Friends for Young Deaf people, now part of NDCS). I graduated in 1998 and moved to Edinburgh the following year where I started work as a part-time admin assistant for Learning Link Scotland, an adult education charity. I also did voluntary youth work for the Deaf Society in Edinburgh, which led to me being offered a part-time post there as a youth action researcher looking at the social, cultural and leisure opportunities for deaf young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The report 'Access All Areas' (2001) was written by myself and Debra Dalton, the Youth & Community Development Officer and Tania Allan (both also Deaf). See link [PDF]:

When both posts expired, I moved on to the post of Social Inclusion Development Officer at the British Deaf Association Scotland office where I provided information and support to Deaf young people leaving school, and also ensured they had access to the courses or jobs they wanted to do. I'm committed to working with Deaf young people and I'm still a sessional youth worker for the Deaf Society in Edinburgh. I have CACDP Stage 1 and Stage 2 qualifications in British Sign Language. I was seconded from the BDA to the University of Edinburgh ADPS project as Deaf Research Associate in October 2003. I have been interviewing deaf young people to find out their views and experiences of school so the project can analyse how the statistical results of exams compare with deaf young people's experiences of school.

Although the 18-month secondment has come to an end, I am still employed temporarily on a sessional basis in order to write up findings.

I enjoy reading, sailing, watching films and talking with friends. I'm also mad about cats as anyone who knows me will tell you!

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Emily's Biography

emily healy

I was the Administrator of the ADPS project from its very beginning in October 2000 until April 2006. Although I'm no longer part of the ADPS team, I am still within The University of Edinburgh and am now working as Research Administrator for the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (CAHRU), also based within Moray House School of Education.


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