Jacob and Sarah


Jacob Bannerman is an ALS student who has recently submitted his dissertation on Adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Jacob is one of Sarah’s tutees and, as such, has been taken under the wing of other ALS staff since our much missed colleague sustained her recent injuries.

Normally, I would have posted Jacob’s comments in the ‘what our students say’ section of this blog. However, in this instance, on Sarah’s request, and with Jacob’s permission,I have chosen to reproduce the student’s acknowledgements in their entirety:

” The process of putting together this was long and arduous, with many ups and downs. Throughout the process there were some people that supported me when I was struggling and [who] deserve recognition.

First, I would like to thank my dissertation tutor who provided insight, support and a positive outlook to all issues. I would also like to thank Amanda Kirby whose research was the basis for this study and provided information on the area and permission to use her checklist.

My sister Jessica Bannerman for providing a sounding board and a listening post and was always helpful.

TJ Thomas and the Bournemouth Additional Learning Services, particularly Alison Green and Amanda Dayman for helping my search for participants and general support and advice.

Finally, I would like to dedicate this piece of work to my Independent Study Management tutor, Sarah Faulkner, without whom very little of this would have happened. Always positive and perceptive, she provided support and understanding over two years which have helped me and many others develop as people as well as students. Get Well Soon”.

Thank-you Jacob for taking the time to write this and allowing me to share it with the rest of the team.


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