Sandy Alden
UCAN Team Leader and Specialist Learning Adviser

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3333
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 5539
  • Address: Student Wellbeing Service
    2nd Floor
    King's Gate
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


I joined Disability Support in 2000 to provide administrative support and screening assessments for dyslexia. In 2002 my role was extended to provide one-to-one and small group specialist tuition and advice for students with dyslexia and related learning difficulties.

Roles and Responsibilities

Specialist Learning Adviser and Tutor
Student Wellbeing Service

UCAN (University Centre for Assessment at Newcastle)


Bachelor of Laws
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties


ADSHE(Association of Dyselxia Specialists in Higher Education)
NNAC (National Network of Assessment Centres)

Research Interests

Dyslexia and assessment in creative practice based disciplines and the problems posed by large pieces of written assessment.

Current Work

Exploring the potential and problems posed by large pieces of written assessment for dyslexic students in practice-based disciplines as part of a UTLC Innovation Fund project. The project is researching the viability of alternative modes of assessment or equivalents which have the potential for wider application through the University.


Alden S, Pollock VL. Dyslexia and the Studio: bridging the gap between theory and practice. International Journal of Art & Design Education 2011 30 1:81-89.