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Dr Geraldene Codina is an Associate Professor at the University of Derby. Specialising in inclusion and special educational needs and disabilities, Geraldene is the Programme Leader at the University of Derby for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs). In addition to which, Geraldene supervisors five doctoral students whose work all focusses on inclusion. Geraldene has written a number of publications including: the co-edited book Leading on Inclusion: The role of the SENCO; Educational provision for newly arrived unaccompanied sanctuary seekers aged 15–16; Decommissioning normal: COVID-19 as a disruptor of school norms for young people with learning disabilities.

As part of Derby’s Opportunity Area work, Geraldene recently directed the DfE funded Opportunity Area (OA) SEND Peer Challenge Project. Geraldene is currently working as the Deputy Director for the End of Three-Year Review of the Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) funded by the Irish government. As part of Geraldene’s work, she leads the ISEND Research Cluster for the Institute of Education (University of Derby). The Cluster engages in high-quality scholarly research in the field of inclusion, special educational needs and disability.

Prior to working in Higher Education, Geraldene worked as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), senior leader and schoolteacher in both special and mainstream schools.