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Hazel Richards

PhD Student

Institute of Education

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Hazel worked for 23 years in the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist, specialising in complex difficulties, dysphagia (feeding and swallowing difficulties), neuro-developmental difficulties and Alternative and Augmentative Communication. She worked predominantly in Special Schools and a Nursery Assessment Unit, but also supported colleagues working with complex needs and worked within CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties). After leaving the NHS, Hazel worked with Acquired Brain Injury within Further Education, leaving to commence a full-time studentship.

She joined the University of Worcester as an Hourly Paid Lecturer in 2014, and commenced her doctoral studies in October 2015. Hazel is passionate about inclusion and maximising student/client/pupil potential. Her background in communication and multi-disciplinary working informs her teaching and research. She also has a significant interest in behaviour and mental health.

Research Project:

An Evaluation of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCO’s) perceptions of Education and Health Care (EHC) Plans.

Research Focus:

My research focuses on the experience of implementing Education and Health Care Plans in Early Year and Primary school settings. It has a focus on the multi-disciplinary factors involved with this, linked to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) and seeks to identify training/continued professional development needs.


Working towards the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Award in Education and Teaching (Further Education), 2014
MA (Distinction) Special and Inclusive Education, University of Worcester, 2013
Institute of Leadership and Management, Level 3, 2003
BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapeutics, University of Glasgow, 1989

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Diversity, equality and inclusion in education
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Multi-disciplinary working
Continued Professional Development
Neuro-developmental difficulties
Behaviour and Mental Health
Speech and language development and communication skills.

Research Interests:

Informal Assessment
Special Educational Needs and Disability
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Difficulties
Speech, language and communication
Mental Health
Multi-disciplinary work
Placement and practice issues

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Registered with the HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council)



Richards, H. (2016) Formative What?  An investigation of student understanding of the purpose and meaning of the language used in formative feedback. Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Worcester, June 2016

Prowle, A., Stobbs, N and Richards, H (2016) Smethwick Language Enrichment Project.  Partnership Research Conference, University of Worcester, June 2016

Prowle, A., Stobbs, N. and Richards, H. (2016) EPiC - Engaging Parents in Children's Talk,  British Educational Research Conference (BERA) Leeds, September 2016

Presented at the ‘Enhancing Learning through Research and Practice’ Conference, University of Worcester, 20th June 2013

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Volunteer at Acorns Children’s Hospice