A phonetician by background I began my academic career at the University of Manchester where I also completed my MA Linguistics and PhD in Forensic Phonetics. My time in Manchester was characterised by course and module leadership across undergraduate and postgraduate provision in a variety of departments and with a diverse range of student groups.
In 2005 I joined the Speech and Language Therapy team at the University of East Anglia with responsibility for the design, development, delivery and assessment of the phonetics and phonology strand of the curriculum. The result is a syllabus that is fully embedded, throughout all three years of the programme, and integrated into client-group focused modules and clinical fields of speech and language therapy, delivered in its entirety via Problem-Based Learning.
I am currently Professor of Health Sciences Education. I have held a number of leadership roles since 2005 and until recently was the Director of Education Strategy in the School of Health Sciences. In this role, which I held between 2014 and 2020, I was responsible for all aspects of the UGT and PGT provision in the School, as well as the overall vision and strategy for Education development and partnership in HSC.
My research and PGR supervision activity focuses mainly on the auditory and acoustic analysis of speech. Currently my principle research interest is dysarthria, in particular non-progressive dysarthria following stroke. In addition, I am also very interested in different areas of the student experience in Higher Education, including different pedagogic approaches to learning, e.g. Problem-Based Learning, and issues around professionalism, its different aspects, and how these skills can be developed in the Higher Education setting.


  • 2019 - present Professor of Health Sciences Education, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2014 - 2019 Senior Lecturer in Phonetics, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2005 – 2014 Lecturer in Phonetics, School of Rehabilitation Sciences,  University of East Anglia
  • 2005 assistant to Consultant Forensic Voice Analyst, Department of Linguistics, University of Manchester
  • 1997-2005 part time lecturer, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester

Academic Background

  • 2008 PGCert Higher Education Practice, University of East Anglia
  • 2004 PhD Forensic Phonetics, University of Manchester
  • 1998 MA Linguistics, University of Manchester
  • 1997 BA (Hons) 2:1 Modern Languages, University of Huddersfield

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