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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 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.


Has expertise in:

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


The use of electropalatography in the treatment of speech disorders in children with down syndrome : a randomised controlled trial
Wood Sara E., Timmins Claire, Wishart Jennifer , Hardcastle William J., Cleland Joanne
International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, pp. 1-29, (2018)
Articulatory characteristics of sibilant in typically developing children
Timmins Claire, Wood Sara
British Association of Academic Phoneticians, (2018)
Using Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in speech and language therapy pre-registration clinical education
Cohen Wendy, Timmins Claire
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017, (2017)
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)

more publications


I am module leader and lecturer for the following:

B6105 Phonetics: Transcription

B6104 Phonetics: Theory

B6106 Specialised Anatomy for Speech and Language Pathology

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

Clinical Phonetics Teaching Network (External organisation)
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)

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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