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Dr Claire Timmins

Teaching Fellow

Speech and Language Therapy

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 also provide the teaching of Sociolinguistics and Clinical Linguistics.

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. 

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 and Year 4 Tutor.


Has expertise in:

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


Online video assessment of clinical phonetic transcription skills in Speech and Language Pathology
Timmins Claire
Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 (PTLC2017), (2017)
Improving the speech and communication abilities of children with Down's syndrome : a new model of service delivery using electropalatography
Wood Sara , Timmins Claire, Grayson Zoe
Spatial & temporal variability of sibilants in children with down’s syndrome
Timmins Claire, Wood Sara
Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - ICPhS 2015, (2015)
Improving access to EPG intervention : can school-based learning assistants deliver intervention following training?
Timmins Claire, Wood Sara , Grayson Zoe
ICPLA, (2014)
Glaswegian cockney : assessing the influence of TV on accent change
Timmins Claire, Stuart-Smith Jane
World Congress of Scottish Literatures, (2014)
Language and the influence of the media : a Scottish perspective
Stuart-Smith Jane, Timmins Claire
Sociolinguistics in ScotlandSociolinguistics in Scotland, (2013)

more publications


I am module leader and lecturer for the following:

B6105 Phonetics: Transcription

B6104 Phonetics: Theory

B6103: Linguistics 1 Pragmatics and Psycholinguistics

B6227: Linguistics 2 Grammar, Semantics and Prosody

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.


Professional activities

Explorathon 2017
Designing Effective Online Video-based Assessment Using Myplace
JISC Connect More in Scotland
The New ExtIPA & Update on Phonetic Transcription
FoNETiks Mailing List (External organisation)
Science Lates

more professional activities


An online Ultrasound Tongue Imaging resource for Phonetics, Linguistics, and Speech Therapy teaching at Scottish Universities (Seeing Speech)
Timmins, Claire (Co-investigator)
This online resource is a product of the collaboration between researchers at five Scottish Universities: The University of Glasgow, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen. The resource will provide teachers and students of Practical Phonetics with synchronised ultrasound video, audio and 2D/3D diagrams of modelled speech and spontaneous speech (drawn from collected UTI and MRI corpora).
The website can be accessed at:
Period 01-Jul-2011 - 20-Sep-2013
Fine phonetic variation and sound change: A real-time study of Glaswegian (also Sounds of the City)
Timmins, Claire (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2011 - 01-Nov-2014

more projects


Speech and Language Therapy
Graham Hills Building

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