Claire Timmins


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2005 as a teaching fellow in Speech and Language Therapy with responsibility for the teaching of Clinical Phonetics and Phonology. I currently provide all Phonetics teaching alongside Clinical Linguistics (pragmatics, semantics, grammar, sociolinguistics).

My research interests involve collaborations with QMU and University of Glasgow in the areas of speech production and accent variation and change. In particular I am interested in the fine detailed articulation patterns of speech production in children with Down's syndrome and the application of articulatory techniques such as EPG and Ultrasound for intervention and teaching. 

I am also interested in the application of technology and social media for teaching, learning and assessment. Further interests include the use of online techniques for the learning and teaching of phonetics skills, and the importance of public engagement within Speech and Language Therapy.

I am currently the Course Leader for the BSc Speech and Language Pathology programme.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Articulatory Speech Analysis (Electropalatography)
  • Speech in Down's syndrome
  • Accent variation and change

Teaching Interests

I am module leader and lecturer for the following:

B6118 Clinical Phonetics and Phonology

B6119 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language Pathology 2

B6117: Linguistics 1 Introduction to Language and Communication

B6235: Linguistics 2 Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics

B6340: Linguistics 3 Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism and Speech Acoustics

I also provide supervision for 4th year undergraduate dissertations.

Research Interests

My research interests have two separate strands. The first involves the investigation of specific articulation patterns in the discordered speech patterns in children with Down's syndrome. The second is concerned with the accent changes in the Glaswegian accent, and the contribution of media in these changes.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy)

Award Date: 25 Oct 2018

Higher Education Authority

Award Date: 5 Oct 2017

Master of Philosophy, Trinity College

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Doctor of Philosophy, Queen Margaret University


External positions

Editor, FoNETiks Mailing List

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  • Clinical Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Articulatory Phonetics, Electropalatography


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