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Dr Marianna Stella

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Childhood


Dr Marianna Stella

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

T: +44(0)1473 338097

Dr Marianna Stella is a Lecturer in Education and Childhood at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Marianna’s main areas of focus are around development of educational practice, teacher training, Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), dyslexia, inclusive education and widening participation. Marianna is an expert in SpLD, dyslexia and effective strategies for children and people with SpLD in education.

Marianna is the QTS, practice and work experience coordinator for the BA (Hons) Childhood, BA (Hons) Childhood: Primary Education with QTS, and the Childhood Routes programmes.

Marianna is also the Admissions Tutor for BA (Hons) Childhood and BA (Hons) Childhood: Primary Education with QTS.

Career overview and Qualifications

Marianna completed a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She then continued on to complete an MA in SpLD (dyslexia) at UCL Institute of Education. During her Master’s, Marianna trained as a specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor while gaining an Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).

In 2015, Marianna undertook a funded PhD in Psychology at the University of East Anglia (UEA) with Dr Paul Engelhardt, which she completed in 2019. Her thesis focused on examining the comprehension, processing and eye movements during reading of sentences with complex syntax in dyslexic adults and adolescents. As part of her PhD research, she also examined potential cognitive factors that are involved in processing of complex syntax in sentences, like working memory.

Marianna has taught as an Associate Tutor in the BA in Education and the BSc in Psychology at UEA. She has also worked as a SpLD Adviser at the Student Support Services at UEA.

Marianna initially joined the University of Suffolk as an Occasional Lecturer teaching in the FdA Early Years Practice, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Early and Primary Education programmes.