Sue Robson has over 40 years in education in a variety of settings and roles. Sue qualified as a SENCO and achieved her Advanced Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (University of Bangor) and worked with West Cumbria Dyslexic Association as a tutor at their Saturday School providing 1:1 specialist teaching, alongside her teaching role across the Primary age range and as SENCO.

In 2014, Sue took up the post of Entry Level Programme Manager at Newton Rigg FE College. With the introduction of the SEND Code of Practice into FE Colleges, Sue led the drive and development of updating and extending the SEND provision both at Newton Rigg and its ownership college Askham Bryan, York. She introduced new courses at Entry and Level 1 suitable for those with both SEND and school engagement issues and supported other courses in providing an environment for students with Autism and mental health issues working up to Level 3. This saw a significant rise in student enrolment and achievement. Sue was actively involved with the Cumbria FE SEND Forum and remained to closure of the college in July 2021 to ensure all students were supported in their transition to alternative providers.

Before the closure of Newton Rigg in 2021, Sue was Lecturer, Assessor and IQA for a range of courses (land-based, Retail and Early Childhood Studies) from Entry Level up to Level 5, as well as a Functional Skills English and Maths tutor and exam invigilator. As a Level 3 Safeguarding Officer she was part of the Student Services team for both residential and day students and most called upon First Aider!

Following redundancy, Sue worked briefly for English Heritage as a site supervisor and then at another FE college as Learning Support before starting with the University of Cumbria as a TPRA with Project Manager Degree Apprentices in September 2022.

Qualifications and memberships

BA (Hons) with QTS Primary Education (University of Lancaster)


Advanced Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (University of Bangor)

Level 3 Safeguarding

Academic and research interests

Specific Learning Difficulties

Mental health and Safeguarding