Dr Stephanie Brewster

Senior Lecturer: Special Needs and Inclusion Studies

Email address: S.Brewster@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323026 Location: Walsall Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise:  Academic: subject specialisms related to speech, language and communication, learning disabilities, social inclusion

About

Stephanie joined the University of Wolverhampton in September 2007. She had previously been carrying out research for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Birmingham (completed 2007), investigating the communication of adults with learning disabilities and little or no speech. (Brewster, S. (2007) Asymmetries of Power and Competence and Implications for AAC: Interaction between adults with severe learning disabiilities and their care staff. Unpublished EdD thesis, University of Birmingham http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/63/

Stephanie’s background is in Speech and Language Therapy, in which she qualified in 1989 at the University of Sheffield. For fourteen years, she carried out a broad range of Speech and Language Therapy posts in the National Health Service, involving primarily clinical work, but also management, research and teaching. From 1996 onwards she specialised in the provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for people with extremely limited verbal communication. Subsequent teaching, research and consultancy work has focused on the participation of such individuals, and those with other disabilities, in society.

Stephanie is also Faculty Enabling Tutor for the Institute of Education. Her role is to provide support for students who have a special or additional need that may affect their learning and achievement, or inclusion in university life. 

Research interests

  • Academic: subject specialisms related   to speech, language and communication, learning disabilities, social   inclusion 
  • Supporting students with   special/additional needs in higher education

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, reference 39054; 2010
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Recognition reference:
  • PR069776 Date of recognition 26/11/2014

 

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • Doctorate in Education, University of Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, University of Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (Speech), Sheffield University   

Publications

  • Duncan, N. and Brewster, S. (forthcoming) ‘Schools, bullying and disability; how schooling can make things worse’. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.
  • Emira, M., Clifford, A., Brewster, S. andDuncan, N. (forthcoming) "What disability? I am a leader! Understanding Leadership in HE from a Disability Perspective". Educational Management Administration & Leadership.
  • Brewster, S. (2016) ‘From elitist to inclusive higher education.’ Chapter 10 in Brown, Z. (ed) Inclusive Education: Perspectives on pedagogy, policy and practice. Oxon; Routledge.
  • Clifford, A., Brewster, S., Duncan, N., Williams-Findlay, B., Emira, M. and Taysum, A. (2015) Understanding Leadership from a Disability Perspective. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education www.lfhe.ac.uk/SDP-2014Wlv 
  • Brewster, S (2013)  Saying the 'F word...in the nicest possible way':  augmentative communication and discourses of disability. Disability and Society,Volume 28, Number 1, January 2013. 
  • Brewster, S and Coleyshaw, L (2011-12) Participation or Exclusion? Perspectives of Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders on their participation in leisure activities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 39  (No. 4): 284 – 291.
  • Brewster, S. (2004). Emancipatory Research with People with Severe Learning Disabilities The University of Birmingham School of Education; Papers From the Student Conference. G. Boag-Munroe and G Houghton (Eds). 17-24.
  • Brewster, S. (2004). Putting Words into their Mouths? Interveiwing People with Learning Disabilities and little/no speech.  British Journal of Learning Disabilities.32 (No.4): 166-169.
  • Brewster, S. (April 2004) Insights from a Social Model of Literacy and Disability Literacy. 38 (No.1): 46-51.

Conference Presentations

Oral presentations/seminars/workshops

  • Brewster, S (2013) Saying the ‘F word’- ‘in the nicest possible way’; Vocabulary selection for augmented communicators: maintaining or challenging dominant discourses of disability? Presentation at the Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference, University of Greenwich
  • Brewster, S. (2012) Saying the ‘F word’- ‘in the nicest possible way’; Vocabulary selection for augmented communicators: maintaining or challenging dominant discourses of disability? Presentation at the University of Wolverhampton School for Education Futures Annual Research Conference
  • Brewster, S. (2012) “SEN concerns us all”: Teacher education and inclusion. Presentation at the University of Wolverhampton School for Education Futures Annual Research Conference
  • Brewster, S. (2011) Participation or Exclusion? Perspectives of Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders on their participation in leisure activities. Presentation at the University of Wolverhampton; Include Me Too ‘Making a REAL Difference’ Seminar.
  • Brewster, S. (2010) Everyday Interaction Involving People with Severe Learning Disabilities:
    Taking a Critical Approach. Presentation at the fifth International Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster University.  Available at:
  • http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/disabilityconference_archive/2010/presenters.htm Brewster, S. (2010) Everyday Interaction Involving People with Severe Learning Disabilities:
    Taking a Critical Approach. Presentation at the University of Wolverhampton School of Education Annual Research Conference.
  • Thompson, D., S. Brewster, M. Emira, J. Whitmarsh and L. Southern, (2009). Is Inclusion Always the Answer? Presentation at the University of Wolverhampton School of Education Annual Research Conference.

Brewster, S (2014) Dilemmas in ‘Inclusive’ HE for disabled students. Presentation at the 16th Annual Education research Conference; University of Wolverhampton

Previous professional experience

  • Academic: subject specialisms related   to speech, language and communication, learning disabilities, social   inclusion 
  • Supporting students with   special/additional needs in higher education

Further information

I am a training consultant for the British Institute of Learning Disabilities


Current Doctoral supervision underway:

- one Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
- one Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing