ADHD (or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a condition beginning in childhood, and often persisting into adult life that affects people’s behaviour.  It can appear as restlessness or impulsiveness and can significantly impair concentration.

Symptoms can improve with age but often do continue into adult life.  People with ADHD often experience additional issues such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

Research has identified a number of possible differences in the brains of people with ADHD compared to those without and it should be noted that ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability.

ADHD can be linked to underachievement in higher education so it is vital that teaching staff consider inclusivity in the design and delivery of their programmes.

You will find two excellent links in the Resources section to how to ensure inclusivity in teaching and learning for students with ADHD or other similar neurodiverse conditions.

This article by Alex Connor and James Brown gives a starting point for reviewing teaching practice to ensure better outcomes for students:- Adult ADHD and higher education: improving the student experience | THE Campus Learn, Share, Connect (

As founders of the charity ADHDadultUK, they set out five recommendations that can be used to improve the experience of both students and staff with ADHD.

Marjon have an ADHD guide too – useful for both students and lecturers – please check out the resource:-

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