After a career in theatre as a costume-maker I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at University College London, graduating in 1992. This led to 12 years of clinical practice in and around Norfolk. I joined UEA in January 2005. This was an exciting time as the SLT degree programme had started taking students in September 2004. Being part of the small team setting up the programme gave me an opportunity to reengage with a wide range of SLT theory and practice. It also engendered an on-going interest in students and how they learn.

Following completion of a Masters in Clinical Education I took on the role of Peer Assisted Learning Champion for UEA, with the aim of introducing this particular student mentoring scheme into UEA undergraduate programmes. I am currently employed 50% as a lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and 50% as PAL Champion.

Career History

  • January 2012-present: Peer Assisted Learning Champion, UEA
  • 2007-2012: Placement Coordinator, SLT
  • January 2005-present: ATS Lecturer in SLT, School of RSC, UEA
  • 1992-1993: Community-based SLT – paediatric & adult caseload based in north Norfolk
  • 1993-1996: Community-based SLT – adult caseload based in north Norfolk
  • 1996-2004: Acute-based SLT – adult caseload
  • 2000-2004: Specialist SLT – Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) 
  • 1992-2004: Speech & Language Therapist employed by NHS


Academic Background

  • 2011 Masters in Clinical Education, UEA
  • 2008 Completion of MAHEP required modules, UEA
  • 1998 Module:  MSc in Health Sciences: The Brain, UEA
  • 1992 Bsc Hons Speech Sciences, University College London

All Publications

Guyon, A., Butterfint, Z., Lacy, A., Sanosi, A., Sheridan, K., Unwin, J.


Speech and language therapy students’ experience of peer assisted learning: Undergraduates investigate PAL as a means of enhancing academic and professional development,

in Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education

Full Text UEA Repository



Teaching Interests

I have a particular interest in how students learn, in particular experiential and social aspects of learning. I have been a Problem-Based Learning tutor in all 3 years of the SLT programme and observed students make the transition from teacher dependence to a more independent and explorative approach to learning. PBL allows for interaction between students in the same year. My interest led to undertaking the role of championing Peer Assisted Learning in which first years are mentored by students in higher years. This facilitates sharing of knowledge and experience across academic years which benefits both those being mentored and the mentors.

My teaching within the SLT curriculum mainly focusses on acquired communication and swallowing disorders in the adult population and I have a particular interest in stroke and progressive neurological conditions including dementia. My clinical specialism was acquired swallowing disorders and, with colleagues, I am helping to develop this aspect of the curriculum.

I am also a tutor on the Conversation Partners placement in which first year students gain experience of conversing with an adult with communication difficulties. This opportunity for experiential learning is a powerful and necessary aspect of professional training for Speech and Language Therapists.


I have a particular interest in teaching and learning in higher education and holds a Masters degree in Clinical Education. My dissertation focussed on final year SLT students’ perspectives on PBL.

Publications and Scholarly Activity 

2005-6: Feasibility Study – UEA-Tavistock centre for Aphasia; Horton S and Guyon A: To establish and report on the issues, from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, which will be used to determine the viability of a UEA-Tavistock Centre for Aphasia

2007: Article: Guyon A: Assessments: Speech and Language Therapy: Nursing and Residential Care, 9 (10), 486-489

2007: Presentation at British Aphasiology Society Conference: Horton S & Guyon A (School of RSC, UEA), McVicker S (Connect – the Communication Disability Network): Student learning about aphasia: the contribution of Conversation Partners placement experience

2007-8: UEA Alumni Association Fund: Horton S & Guyon A: Reaching Further Out: Supported Conversation’ skills training: extending the scope and role of aphasia experts in student learning

2008-9: UEA Alumni Association Fund: Guyon A: The development of teaching materials for training SLT practice educators

2010: Poster abstract for presentation at Clinical Education Conference, City University, London: Guyon A, Horton S, Stewart L, Upton H, Wickson R, Thynne T & Nicholas C: Learning in Partnership: an exploration of Speech and Language Therapy student Conversation Partner experience (LiPProject)

2011: Book chapters: Larner J and Guyon A: SWOT Analysis: A tool for CPD; Larner J and Guyon A: Learning contracts in practice: their role in continuing professional development in Hong C S and Harrison D (Eds) Tools for Continuing Professional Development, Quay Books

2012: Book chapter: Wright D, Chapman A, Foundling-Miah M, Greenwall R, Griffith R, Guyon A and Merriman H: Medical Management of Adults with Swallowing Difficulties, MGP Ltd.

2012: Poster abstract for presentation at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy Conference: Guyon A, Butterfint Z and Vitkovitch J: Problem Based Learning and the making of Speech and Language Therapists

2013: Presentation on Peer-Assisted Learning to RSC Employability Symposium


I am the Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Champion for UEA. PAL is a structured mentoring scheme whereby undergraduate students at higher levels support first year students’ learning. PAL was introduced into UEA in January 2013 with a planned roll-out over 3 years. My role is to promote PAL and facilitate the introduction across UEA.


Speech and language therapy/rehabilitation for adults with communication and swallowing disorders as the result of stroke/head injury or progressive neurological disease.

Peer learning in Higher Education

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • 2006 - Participation in a multi-disciplinary working party to develop a shared guideline for the medication management for people with dysphagia - facilitated by Connect Medical

Enterprise and Engagement

  • 2013 - Training for East of England Ambulance Trust entitled ‘preventing unnecessary admission of older people to hospital’.
  • 2013 - Short course for external delegates entitled ‘supporting students with additional learning needs’.
  • Two day multi-professional practice educator courses leading to ACE/APPLE accreditation.
  • Journal Club Lead for Participation Team within RSC


Professional Activities

  • Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)

Key Responsibilities

I was appointed to the role of Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Champion for UEA in January 2013. PAL is a structured mentoring scheme whereby undergraduate students at higher levels support first year students’ learning. My role is to promote PAL and facilitate the introduction into undergraduate programmes across UEA. The aim is to establish processes and systems by December 2015 in order to embed PAL as part of academic and pastoral support for students.

Administrative Posts

  • Chair of school Marketing Group