Robert McLaren

Head of Health and Accessibility

Robert has a background in the assistive and accessible technology sector, working as a consultant and support worker over five years before joining Policy Connect as Policy Manager for Assistive Technology in 2017. Since 2019, Robert has headed up the Health and Accessibility Team.

While at Policy Connect, Robert has authored two reports, Accessible VLEs (2018) and Disabled Students’ Allowances (2019). Robert serves on the Department for Education’s Assistive Technology Expert Group, and the Department’s Educational Technology Survey Steering Group.

Robert holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from King's College London and a PGC in Teaching Adults with Specific Learning Difficulties from London Metropolitan University. He is dyslexic and was first introduced to assistive technology when he received a Disabled Student’s Allowance as an undergraduate. Outside work, Robert performs with an improv group and chairs the arts and education charity SET Centre.  

robert.mclaren [at] policyconnect.org.uk