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Abigail Moriarty

Dr Abigail Moriarty or ‘Abi’is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sunderland since August 2019. From 2013 to 2019 she was the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning, and then promoted to the Director of Teaching and Learning and Interim PVC (Academic) at De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester. From 2001 to 2013 she held various academic roles within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences DMU, including Teacher Fellow, Programme Leader, Head of Division and had a Faculty lead role in developing the student experience. She is a qualified nurse and midwife. Her research interests span both student learning and professional practice. Much of her recent work has been on improving the understanding of how students succeed in Higher Education, and what barriers prevent them from reaching their full potential. Therefore ultimately designing a universally inclusive curriculum, that is student centric and inspiring. Abigail has given numerous invited key note presentations on Universal Design for Learning, to local, national and international audiences. She completed her first degree at DMU and also holds a MA and PhD degrees in education from the University of Huddersfield. Dr Moriarty is a co-author of Transforming Higher Education through Universal Design for Learning (2019) and continues to influence and shape the student experience in her new role as PVC for Learning and Teaching for those students at the University of Sunderland, with campuses in London and Hong Kong. Her downtime includes gardening (badly) and listening to audiobooks on her 123 mile commute. She lives in Yorkshire and is a loving mum to Margot-Rose the Beagle and has an array of other cats and rabbits and is also married to Chris. She is delighted to be a speaker at Wonkfest 2021.