I joined the University of Strathclyde as a Teaching Associate in 2018. Prior to this I was a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for a number of years; latterly specialising in working with adults with acquired communication and swallowing problems, although I also have experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and children.
I lead and teach on the ‘Aphasia, Dysarthria and Dysphagia’ and ‘Further Studies in Adult Acquired Communication Disorders’ modules in second and third year of the programme, along with modules relating to professional practice throughout the four years of the course. I also undertake the Practice Placement Co-ordination role and am keen to support Speech and Language Therapists and students to maximise the learning opportunities provided by clinical placements. In particular, I facilitated the introduction of a Dysphagia focused clinical placement in 2019 which aims to prepare our graduates for entry into a profession in which the assessment and management of swallowing disorders is now prolific and well established.
I’m currently working towards Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and am particularly interested in exploring innovative ways of collaborating with colleagues in the NHS to enhance student learning and development.