Emeritus Professor Angela Fawcett was a late entrant to university at the age of 40, following experience of dyslexia in her young son. She holds a BA and PhD in Psychology, specialising in dyslexia, from the University of Sheffield.
She is a leading international researcher into dyslexia and other development disabilities, encompassing a range of theoretical and applied contributions to this field. Her approach is broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from child and cognitive development to educational screening and intervention, as well as developmental cognitive neuroscience. Her interests range from the academic to the applied and she has worked with hundreds of children and adults with dyslexia, as well as training many teachers to use dyslexia screening tests.
She was Chair and Director of the Centre for Child Research at Swansea University from 2007 to 2011. During this time, she was awarded a prestigious Tempus grant to identify and support dyslexia in university students in eight Balkan countries, and set up a project providing screening and free intervention for more than 1000 5-year-old children in the early years of school. From 2011 to 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Emeritus fellowship.
She was Editor-in-Chief of Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research and Practice from 2004 to 2010, and continues as Executive Editor.
Angela is proud to have contributed three of the major theories for dyslexia, with her colleague Rod Nicolson. She has authored nine screening tests for dyslexia, including the DST-2, one book and eight edited books, in addition to more than 80 publications in high-impact international peer-reviewed journals, and more than 50 contributions to edited works.
She has been Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association since 2010, and Emeritus Professor at Swansea University since 2011, when she became Research Consultant to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Honorary Consultant to the Dyslexia Association of Indonesia, and joined the Scientific Advisory Board of the US International Dyslexia Association, with strong links with European researchers. She currently serves on the UK All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for dyslexia, which allows her to contribute to both policy and practice, and ongoing proposals for special needs.