alison rees edwards

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Mrs Alison Rees Edwards BA, MA, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0) 1267 676615

  • Early Years Practice Coordinator
  • Module co-ordinator
  • Assist with admissions
  • Employability week
  • External Examiner

When I left school, I raised a family before considering a career. As my children started school and Cylch Meithrin, I studied for a BTEC in Child Development Studies in Coleg Ceredigion. I worked as an NNEB in a primary school for some years where I had invaluable experience of working with children with a range of learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Asperger’s syndrome.

In 2005, I decided to join the Flexible Learning Route for the BA Early Years Education degree here at Trinity. This meant working during the day and studying in the evenings. I attained a First Class honours degree in 2008 and joined the University as a tutor on the Geiriau Bach project. In addition, I was awarded a University of Wales Welsh medium Fellowship and became a lecturer in the School of Early Years.

In 2013, I achieved the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education as well as a MA in Early Years Education. In 2015, I achieved the Postgraduate Certificate from the Open University.


  • BA, MA 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Enquiry
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • The Higher Education Academy
  • Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
  • Children in Wales

I have an interest in every aspect of a young child’s life, with particular interest in additional learning needs, the importance of play, language acquisition and young children’s use of technology.

I lecture on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses including themes and subjects such as:

  • Academic study skills for students;
  • Language development and literacy;
  • Early numeracy;
  • Inclusion;
  • Health and well-being of young children.

I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

My areas of research and academic interests include: young children’s language development, including bilingualism, children with additional learning needs and technology. I have undertaken research on the benefits of music therapy for young children under the autistic spectrum. I am also interested in students’ attitudes towards Welsh medium higher education.

  • Academic study skills for students
  • Young children’s language development
  • Early literacy
  • Inclusive practice
  • Children with additional learning needs
  • Bilingualism/Multilingualism

I have contributed to Continual Professional Development activities including themes such as:

  • Bilingualism in the early years;
  • Young children’s creativity;
  • The importance of reading to/with young children.
  • Attachment 

Greenway, C. W., & Rees Edwards, A. (2021). Agweddau Athrawon tuag at ADCG: Adolygiad ac Argymhellion ar gyfer y Dyfodol. Gwerddon, 32, 7-25.

Greenway, C. W., & Rees Edwards, A. (2020). A qualitative study examining the experiences of Teaching assistants working with children with ADHD. Under review.

Greenway, C. W., & Rees Edwards, A. (2020). Knowledge and attitudes towards attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a comparison of teachers and teaching assistants. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 25(1), 31-49.

Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2017) Early Years Education and Care: Embedding Employability. Unpublished poster presentation at: HEA Annual Conference 2017: Generation TEF - Teaching in the spotlight, July 4-6 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Tinney, G., Davies, G., Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2016) A qualitative evaluation of Superbox 2015 in terms of delivering key Superbox outcomes. This report was commissioned by BookTrust Cymru.

Thomas, S. A. a Rees Edwards, A. (2010) ‘Chwarae Plant,’ yn Siencyn, S. W. (gol) Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3-7 oed: Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer. Caerfyrddin: Cyhoeddiadau Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, tt. 25-42.

Member of the Board of Directors of  Mudiad Meithrin CYF