Speech and Language Sciences

Speech and Language Sciences is one of the leading teaching and research units in the UK. Devoted to the study of normal communicative processes and communication disorders in children and adults.

We rank FIRST in Aural and Oral Sciences in the Complete University Guide, and rank SECOND under "Health Professions" in the Guardian Good University Guide.


Newcastle University was the first in the UK to award a degree in Speech and Language Therapy (1967). We continue to be one of the UK’s leading SLT training programmes. We offer two degrees that lead to a qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist:

Our programmes are recognised by the UK’s Health Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Our programmes were awarded the highest grade possible in several recent external reviews of teaching.

All home students have their fees paid for by the NHS, which also administers a bursary scheme.


Our research involves the study of normal and impaired human communication processes, assessment and intervention for individuals with communication disorders and sociolinguistics. Many staff are members of larger collaborative research groups within the university, including the Centre for Research in Language and Language Sciences and the Institute of Health and Society. We also collaborate with researchers throughout the UK and abroad.

Clinics and Labs

There are three on-site clinics that provide assessment and intervention services to adults and children with communication difficulties:

  • the Tavistock Aphasia Centre (North East)
  • The Literacy Clinic
  • The Children's Speech & Language Therapy Clinic.

These facilities provide clinical placements for students. We have a Language Analysis Lab devoted to clinical linguistic and phonetic analysis.


If you have any queries related to the section, please e-mail speech@newcastle.ac.uk


Speech And Language Sciences

Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi
Lecturer in Phonetics

Dr Catherine Rose Hilton
Speech & Language Therapist

Professor David Howard
Research Development Professor

Linda Jose
Teaching Fellow in Speech & Lang. Scie.

Dr Ghada Khattab
Senior Lecturer

Tom King

Dr Nicole Lallini
Lecturer in Speech & Lang Pathology

Professor James Law
Professor of Speech & Language Sciences

Dr Carolyn Letts
Senior Lecturer

Dr Cristina McKean

Professor Nick Miller
Prof of Motor Speech Disorders

Dr Julie Morris
Reader in Speech & Lang Sciences

Dr Carol Moxam
Literacy Clinic Director

Helen Nazlie
Clinical Co-ordinator

Dr Nick Riches
Lecturer in Speech & Language Pathology

Dr Christos Salis

Dr Helen Stringer
Lecturer/Speech and Language Therapist

Dr Janet Webster
Senior Lecturer, Director of Clinical Education

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