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The Australian Research Council have awarded Kate Nation a four-year grant to investigate the topic ‘Making words stick: Lexical consolidation effects in learning to read’. The project will continue Kate’s successful collaboration with the project leader, Professor Anne Castles, who is based at the Centre for Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University in Sydney. Together with Professor Gareth Gaskell at the University of York, they will explore learning in typically-developing children and those with reading impairments, focussing particularly on the long-term consolidation of word representations.  They will explore the the role of sleep in promoting the consolidation process, in both children and adults.  The findings will directly inform theory and practice in reading acquisition and enhance the treatment of reading difficulties.