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Rachel Griffiths

Senior Educator Developer

Room 1, Old Library


I am a Senior Educator Developer and lead work on fostering inclusive education practice at the University of Exeter with the aim of making learning at university inclusive and accessible for everyone. I have previously worked in higher education as a Disabled Students’ Allowance-funded Specialist Autism and Mental Health Mentor, and a Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor. I have also worked in further education as a sixth form college mental health practitioner, and in primary education as an SEND classroom support assistant. I have recently been awarded an ESRC doctoral studentship to study neurodiversity in higher education in the School of Education at Exeter. 

I co-ordinate the University’s Neurodiversity Celebration Week activities and have set up and run our Neurodiversity Café; our social group for neurodivergent staff and postgraduate researchers.  

Since 2021, I have received three Above and Beyond awards in recognition of my excellent contribution to inclusion at the University of Exeter, and have recently been shortlisted for a Professional Services Recognition Award for my inclusion work at the University.  

Subject specialism:  

  • Holistic and intersectional support for neurodivergent students in higher education 
  • Community-led participatory research methods 
  • Person-centred and compassionate pedagogy 


  • Community-led autism and wider neurodiversity research 
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion in higher education  
  • Mental health support in education  
  • Supervision and self-care for educators 


  • Master of Education in Special Education (Autism Adults) from University of Birmingham (Distinction), 2022 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Chichester Counselling Services, 2014 
  • Legal Practice Course from Guildford School of Law, 2000 
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from University of Durham, 1999


  • Annie Deakin Award for Most Novel and Original Dissertation, School of Education, University of Birmingham 2022 
  • Shortlisted for Professional Services Recognition Award (Inclusion), 2022 
  • Three Above and Beyond Awards (Inclusion), 2021-2022 

Research Networks, Memberships and other Training  

  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Units 1-5, University of Exeter, 2022 
  • Founding member Researchers and Students on Neurodiversity network (ReASoN), Universities of Exeter and Bristol 
  • Founder Neurodiversity Network, University of Exeter 
  • Member Autism Centre for Education Research, University of Birmingham 
  • Master Autism Mentors in Higher Education working group, Centre for Research in Autism and Education, UCL 
  • Counselling Children and Young People, Chichester Counseling Services, 2013 
  • Safeguarding Young People in Education, EduCare, 2019 
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (SOAS, 1995) 

Presenter “How autistic, trans* students find belonging in higher education”, Autism Centre for Education and Research Conference (Birmingham, Mar ’23) 

Led workshop on inclusive assessment, UoE Success for All Conference (Exeter, Sept ’22) 

Presenter “Leading inclusive education practice in higher education”, AdvanceHE Conference (Keele, Jul ’23) 

Presenter EduExe Festival "Universal Design for Learning: Joining theory and practice to support all learners" (Exeter, June '23) 

Presenter “How autistic, trans* students find belonging in higher education”, Neurodiversity Celebration Week Research Showcase (Exeter, Mar ’23) 

Guest seminar on diversity in the workplace, UEBS module ‘Business and Society’ (Penryn, Nov ’22)  

Disability awareness training, UoE Student Societies (online, Mar ’22)  

UoE “Here to Help” volunteers (Exeter, Sept ’22) 

Guest seminar on neurodiversity in the workplace, UEBS module ‘Business and Society’ (online, Nov ’21) 

Guest lectures on working with neurodivergent clients and clients with mental illness, UoE Law School (Exeter, Mar ’19 & Oct ‘22) 

Cook, E., Griffiths, R. and Kight, C. (2023) Teaching toolkits: what and who to include, Times Higher Education.