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Dr Melanie Thorley

STAART Lead - University of Greenwich

Melanie has worked within the disability sector of further and higher education since 1998. She regards herself as fortunate to have been taught by Professor Mike Oliver during her sociology undergraduate degree. Melanie also holds a MA in SEND, a MSc in Education Research methods and a doctorate in supporting D/deaf university students. Melanie was appointed to lead the STAART (formerly *AccessAbility) initiative in 2007 providing information, advice and guidance for prospective and current disabled university students. Melanie has disseminated STAART at numerous conferences across the UK, and has also provided staff training in Egypt and Trinidad.

On a personal level, Melanie loves Flat Eric, Dr. Martens, her husband and cats, travelling and wildlife – not necessarily in that order.