Zoe is Senior Lecturer in Phonetics and Director of Teaching & Learning Quality in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia. She started her career at the University of Manchester where she was responsible for a number undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics and phonetics courses. While at Manchester Zoe assisted in the analysis of several disputed speech samples and completed her PhD in the field of forensic speaker discrimination. She was also involved in research investigating sound change in Glaswegian.
Since arriving at UEA in 2005 she has been responsible for the design, delivery and assessment of the phonetics and phonology curriculum of the BSc Speech & Language Therapy programme. She has supervised a number of student dissertation projects on a variety of topics, including forensic speaker discrimination, student expectations and the transition to tertiary education, professionalism in allied health professionals, and is currently involved in a project examining sex differences and menstrual cycle effects on the speech of Hindi-English bilingual speakers.
Zoe's current research interests focus on dysarthria, particularly the speech difficulties experienced following stroke, and in recent years she has been involved in the supervision of PhD students investigating a range of topics, including: non-progressive dysarthria following stroke; the relationships between speech and communication characteristics and cognitive status in people with Parkinson's disease; and the effects of speech prosody on attitudinal perception in medical communication.
- 2014 - present 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
- 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
Speech and communication in Parkinson’s disease: a cross-sectional exploratory study in the UK,
in BMJ Open
article no. e014642Full Text UEA Repository
Interventions for dysarthria due to stroke and other adult-acquired, non-progressive brain injury,
in Cochrane Database of Systematic ReviewsFull Text UEA Repository
Roles of cognitive status and intelligibility in everyday communication in people with Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review,
in Journal of Parkinson's Disease
pp. 453-462Full Text UEA Repository
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 EducationFull Text UEA Repository
Learning about Professionalism within Practice-based Education: what are we looking for?,
in International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care
(1)Full Text UEA Repository
The effect of migration on local identity and sound change: The case of Glaswegian,
in Interfaces in Language.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN 978-14438-2399-9UEA Repository
Local Identity and Sound Change in Glasgow: A Pilot Study.,
in Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics
pp. 22-43UEA Repository
Prosody and intonation as markers of intercultural identity.,
Key Research Interests
As a phonetician my research activity focuses mainly on the auditory and acoustic analysis of speech. Since arriving at UEA in 2005 most of my work has focused on speech analysis relevant to any of the SLT client groups, whether that involves typically developing, non-standard or disordered speech. Currently my principle research interest is dysarthria, in particular non-progressive dysarthria following stroke, as well as progressive dysarthria in Parkinson’s disease.
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.
Research Group Membership
Director of the School of Health Sciences Living Well with Long Term Conditions Health Challenge Unit.
My primary areas of teaching responsibility are phonetic and phonology, covering all aspects of speech production, transmission and analysis, both theoretical and practical
I am happy to supervise PGR students in:
- Areas relationg to speech analysis
- Disordered speech
- Phonological development or disorder
- Forensic phonetics
- Student experience
- Higher education
- Communication skills
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Associate Member Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
- Member of the International Association of Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics
- Member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians
- UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards 2009 and 2015
- External examiner - Manchester Metropolitan University, 2011 - 2015
Enterprise and Engagement activities
- 2015 - present Member of regional Academic Pool
- 2015 - present Member of regional Education Development Group
- 2013 - Member of RSC Enterprise and Engagement Action Group
- 2012/13 - Lead for RSC Knowledge Exchange Events
- 2013 - Design, development and leadership of BSc Human Communications Sciences degree in RSC
- 2012 - 2015 Communication Skills short course
I am the Director of Teaching & Learning Quality in the School of Health Sciences. I am a member of the HSC School Executive, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Learning Teaching Quality Committee, UEA Taught Programme Policy Group, and I chair the HSC Teaching Committee. I represent the School at the contract-related meetings with Health Education East of England and represent the Head of School at the regional Education Development Group meetings with partner organisations and NHS Trusts convened by HEEoE, and at the Academic Pool meetings with eastern region HEIs again convened by HEEoE.
I am the Official NMC Correspondant and chair the HSC Curriculum Development Steering Group. I lead the HSC Curriculum Review Workshops with partners and am responsible for all curriculum developments, re-design, re-approvals, re-validations and re-accreditations in the School of Health Sciences.
- 2014 - present Official NMC Correspondent
- 2014- prseent Director of Teaching & Learning Quality, School of Health Sciences
- 2013 – 2014 Director of Teaching & Learning Quality, School of Rehabilitation Sciences
- 2011 – 2013 RSc Teaching Lead (Rehabilitation)
- 2010 – 2013 RSc Academic Senior Advisor
- UEA Taught Programmes Policy Group
- Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Leaning Teaching Quality Committee
- HSC School Executive
- HSC Teaching Committee
- HSC Curriculum Development Steering Group
- HSC Staff Student Liaison Committee (ex-officio)
- HSC Guernsey Implementation Group (ex-officio)