BRAIN.HE was created in 2005 to provide all higher education students and their tutors with a support network and information covering all forms of neurodiversity. The project aims to improve the Higher Education sector's response to neurodiversity, including dyspraxia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, Autism Spectrum (A.S.), Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Tourette's and dyscalculia.
The project work was originally funded by the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). It was directed by Dr David Pollak, formerly Principal Lecturer in Learning Support and National Teaching Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. This site holds information which was previously scattered, as well as new materials applicable to higher education where none existed previously. The majority of the work on developing the site was done by Dr Edward Griffin of the Health & Life Sciences Faculty at De Montfort University.
The student voice is an important part of the project. BRAIN.HE has interviewed a number of students from universities across the country. These interviews serve to inform other students and to represent the experiences, both positive and negative, encountered by those with learning differences whilst in the higher education system.
The interviews also facilitate research on how higher education responds to neurodiverse students; an article has been published in the journal 'Dyslexia': Griffin E and Pollak D (2009) Student experiences of neurodiversity in higher education: insights from the BRAINHE project. Dyslexia 15, 1, 23-41
The journal 'Dyslexia' has recently published a lengthy article which analyses 15 publications relating to dyslexia in higher education, including that one:
Pino M and Mortari L (2014) The inclusion of students with dyslexia in higher education: a systematic review using narrative analysis Dyslexia 20, 346-369.
BRAIN.HE is currently (as of October 2015) being fully revised and re-developed, through the support of neuroknowhow.com. Meanwhile, the material on the site rermains an archive.