Date – 18 July 2024
Time – 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us on the 18th of July from 12.00pm – 1.30pm, for our joint event, ‘Neurodiversity Research Webinar’. Hosted by The Chartered Institute of Horticulture and PlantNetwork, we aim to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about and engage with the research done by our expert panellists on the topic of neurodiversity in education and employment, followed by a Q&A with each speaker, ending with a roundtable discussion for all attendees.  This webinar is open and free for all to attend.

Our first speaker is Sheona Goodyear, Doctoral Researcher at the School of Education, College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham. Sheona’s research investigates inclusive and trauma-informed practice in education, focusing on identifying barriers to attainment and well-being. The aim is to facilitate timely support to reduce cumulative, life-long effects and enable preventative action to be taken. Sheona is interested in qualitative methodology and the ethical application of narrative inquiry and autoethnography in research. Her teaching background is in primary and further education and she holds a Master’s Degree in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs. Sheona is also a Dyslexia Specialist with a current practicing certificate to conduct diagnostic assessments.

Our second speaker is Corrina Urquhart, Director of External Relations at Lantra. Corrina will highlight the research that Lantra, as a leading training and awarding body, has undertaken to better understand neurodiversity, with a view to sharing best practice and providing employers with practical insights into reasonable adjustments to support neuro-inclusive workplaces. Corrina has a ‘squiggly career path’ spanning over 15 years, having worked as a research fellow, a policy adviser and more recently, moving into strategy and advocacy. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, with sustainability driving her commitment to the land-based and environmental sectors. She recently introduced a national programme to recognise the achievements of learners of all ages in the sector, resulting in her reaching the final of the Women Who Achieves Awards 2024. In her spare time, Corrina is enthusiastic about gardening but is not naturally green-fingered!