Anne Betteridge

Specialist Mentor

I joined D&A in the lockdown summer of 2020 when remote working became the
order of the day. Having been a mentor and study skills tutor for many years I found
the transition to full time distance support strangely easy and comfortable. This is
definitely helped by the presence of a retired husband and a needy Border Collie, both
of whom look after me during regular breaks between Zoom, Teams or Skype
sessions.

I have embraced the wide variety of neurodiverse conditions I have encountered, and
understand very well the problems and barriers experienced by students. I want to
enable students to appreciate the strengths that they have, as well as providing
strategies to counter their difficulties. Very importantly I want our societies to be
more aware of what talents people have to offer; I feel that a better
acknowledgement of the abilities that neurodiversity encompasses could make a
major difference to, not just the individual, but also to the wider environment.

I have two children living away from home – one in London and the other in Australia.
My garden in Cornwall is my sanctuary as well as the basis of my ‘to do’ list. Next is a
polytunnel which is a step up from the small greenhouse of the moment. A Pink Floyd
groupie, I am waiting for a tour anywhere by David Gilmour, please…