All around the world increasing numbers of neurodiverse students are entering university. At Macquarie, our teaching is centred around student success and empowering our students to realise their full potential. A series of three workshops have been designed for Macquarie staff to help understand and meet the needs of our neurodiverse students and break down the barriers to their success.

Who should attend?

The workshops are open to MQ teaching staff and professional staff with a role in learning and teaching or student support.

Staff who attend all three workshops will be awarded a microcredential to recognise completion of this professional development opportunity.

The workshops are designed to be completed sequentially, however, registrations for any 1 or 2 of the workshops will be accepted subject to the availability of places. Priority will be given to staff who register to complete all three workshops.

Workshop 1: Understanding the concept of neurodiversity and its impact in higher education

Date: Thursday 8 September 3.00-4.30pm

Venue: The Events Space in the Incubator – 8 Hadenfeld Avenue

Workshop outcomes:

  • Understand the concept of neurodiversity and how it may present in individuals
  • Be aware of the impact of neurodiversity in our current educational systems and the role executive function plays in learning and behaviour
  • Gain a positive perspective of neurodivergence
  • Explore current research on neurodiversity in higher education

Workshop 2: Understanding ADHD and its effects on students studying at university

Thursday 6 October 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Venue: 01CC 201

Workshop outcomes:

  • Understand the types, characteristics and prevalence of ADHD, including comorbidities which might accompany ADHD
  • Explore the current research on students in university settings (comorbidities, anxiety, dropout rates, executive functioning, current debates
  • Engage in critical thinking and respond to provocative questions based on new knowledge and current research

Workshop 3: Creating action plans to support neurodiverse students

Date: Thursday 20 October 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Venue: 01CC 201

Workshop outcomes:

  • Build a greater understanding of neurodivergent students through a case study approach
  • Reflect on what support could be provided for neurodivergent students
  • Critically reflect on current practice in light of new understanding
  • Create an action plan in response to best practice and current research

This registration link is to register for any or all of the three workshops.


These workshops are convened by the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching).

Questions? Please contact Robyn Westcott, Director, Academic Literacies unit: robyn.westcott@mq.edu.au

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Posted by Office of the PVC Learning and Teaching

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