- Debs Robinson is a wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable individual. Having her as my teacher was a privilege, especially in the Special Educational Needs domain, which is her specialised topic area. We specifically explored the inclusion debate, and the passion she delivered and shared every lesson not only opened my eyes to the subject, but I found myself telling my friends and family the interesting things I learned each week. At the beginning of the module, I hadn’t much interest in SEN, but the evolution it has gone through, and the complexity of it has captivated
me, and it is something I am considering as a career choice.
- From Debs’ teaching, I now feel fully confident heading into a classroom, ensuring the equality and inclusivity of all. I understand the need to adapt to the situation ensuring third level differentiation. I have been introduced to some of the most compelling reads, such as Thomas Shakespeare, and Dyson and Millward, which not only aided my learning, but provided me with highly interesting and useful information I will carry with me throughout my career.
- Not very often can I say that every lesson of a module has been worthwhile and helped me in some way. I truly mean it when I say Debs Robinson is the best lecturer I have had throughout university. Lectures were interactive, interesting, useful, and inspiring. Debs’ ability to adapt each lesson according to us as a class is something I admire. If not sprouting knowledge, she was complimenting us, or engaging with us in a way many other teachers fail to do; never did I think going to a lecture would ‘cheer me up’. I cannot express how much Debs has impacted me in the short time she spent as my lecturer, and all I can say is thank you. I hope she continues to inspire another generation with her passion, enthusiasm and commitment.
- If I could describe Debs Robinson in three words, they would be; passionate, driven and inspiring. During my three years on the Education Studies BA (Honours) degree I have been taught by Debs Robinson in stage two and stage three. Firstly, I took the module “Curriculum Frameworks” where Debs displayed the most incredible subject knowledge and drove me to get the highest grade I have ever received during my degree. I would not have achieved that with any other lecturer. Curriculum Frameworks was engaging and stimulating due to the way Debs delivered the sessions. Secondly, I took “Special Educational Needs and Disability – the inclusion debate”. Prior to this module, I had little experience or passion in the field of SEND, however, I now have the interest and knowledge so that when I enter the world of teaching, I will feel confident in teaching and working with children with SEND.
- Being taught by someone who is constantly working and researching in the field of education is extremely inspiring. Hearing about Debs’ ventures and how she is making a difference to the field of education is so interesting, and I hope I can do the same one day. This is something which makes Debs so unique; not a lot of lecturers have told me they have been in London having meetings at the Department for Education!
- Inside and outside of lectures, Debs is so supportive. She is always asking how I am, praising my work ethic and motivating me to become the best teacher I can become. I cannot thank Debs enough for the support and knowledge she has given me over these three years. I know I will never find a lecturer who will make me laugh as much as Debs, whilst at the same time teaching me such a wide range of knowledge. Debs, I cannot thank you enough.
- It is hard to express in a short amount of words the impact Debs has had on my 3 years at the University of Derby, her countless hours of dedication to the course and the students involved is unquestionable. The first thing I thought when meeting Debs was her amazing passion for the subjects she taught. Also, the endless support she provided each day to all students in lectures and outside of lecture hours. Her approachable manor and levels of passion and sense of humour are some of the many reasons she was deeply loved by all students. It is no surprise that she has been nominated for such a prosperous award, her individual impact to education studies over the years I have been at Derby has been sensational, and I’m sure this impact will continue to flourish years to come at the University. It is great to witness that her hard work and dedication is being recognised. Congratulations Deb, thank you for the experiences.
- Deborah (Debs) is and will most likely be one of the best lecturers. With her bubbly attitude to life, her caring manner, and the enthusiasm she puts into every session, no one ever needs to go to her lectures. Instead we all want to be in her lectures.
- Thanks for the great support you have provided me, and to others.
- I think that Debs provides really informative and thought provoking lectures that have made the module very interesting. The enthusiasm that she has brought to this module I feel has inspired many people to make the most out of this subject. As a lecturer Debs has always been really supportive, helpful and understanding with any queries about the module, or with any worries about the stresses of university. For me personally, she has been one of the best lecturers that I have had, and I can’t thank her enough for everything that she has done for the class.
- I’ve had the pleasure of having Debs Robinson for second year and third year. I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the beginning of second year and she was my first lecturer of the year. I was very unsure at the time how to cope with my learning disability as I didn’t want to be a problem, I spoke with Debs about how to approach pre reading and lecture slides and she was happy to give me her time. Her lectures have been very stimulating and enjoyable, she has a brilliant connection with her students and I never feel the need to switch off which proves how well put together her lectures are. Thanks to Debs I was able to have the confidence to push myself and I received a first in her module and was absolutely amazed at what I was capable of. Ever since then I have worked hard to make sure my needs are met and have done well in my assignments. I could not thank Debs enough for making university work more manageable and providing all of us with brilliant support. I have since brought her book and hope to continue training in SEND to help others like me.