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Mrs Kate Lister


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  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies

Professional biography

I am the manager for accessibility and inclusive practice at the Open University UK and, am an expert in accessibility and inclusive pedagogy. I have an MA in educational technology, a teaching licentiate and I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). My role involves driving and coordinating inclusive practice in the Open University, supporting staff to be accessible and inclusive by design, and championing disabled student needs at different echelons of the University. My background is in educational technology, language learning and accessible and inclusive pedagogies in international contexts; I worked in Germany, Spain and China before moving to the UK to take up my current role. My research interests include barriers to learning,  mental health and wellbeing in learning, participatory research, student engagement and inclusive approaches in language. 


Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys (2019)
Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate and Freear, Nick
In : 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) (11-13 Mar 2019, Valencia, Spain) ((In Press))
Understanding SEaM student comments from a Big(ger)Data perspective: what are students saying? (2018-06)
Ullmann, Thomas; Lay, Stephanie; Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Katharine; Cross, Simon; Rienties, Bart and Whitelock, Denise
In : CALRG Annual Conference 2018 (18-19 Jun 2018, The Open University, Milton Keynes) (pp. 39-39)
The accessibility of administrative processes: Assessing the impacts on students in higher education (2018-04-23)
Coughlan, Tim and Lister, Katharine
In : 15th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (Web4All 2018) (23-25 Apr 2018, Lyon, France)
Student perceptions of the language of disability, deficit and empowerment (2018-04)
Lister, Katharine and Coughlan, Tim
In : Proceedings of the fifth Widening Participation Conference (26-27 Apr 2018, Milton Keynes)
Understanding Accessibility as a Process through the Analysis of Feedback from Disabled Students (2017-04-02)
Coughlan, Tim; Ullmann, Thomas Daniel and Lister, Kate
In : Web for All 2017 (2-4 Apr 2017, Perth, Australia)


The OU is positive about carers

The OU has been awarded Carer Positive ‘established' status by Carers Scotland.

19th July 2018
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