The Aphasia Research and Communication Centre, which is run by Janet Walmsley and Dr Ruth Herbert in the Department of Human Communication Sciences, has been awarded the extremely prestigious Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Photo by Geoff Wilson 2015

Two awards are offered each year for new and novel clinical activities, and carry a prize of £1,000. The award is testimony to the enlightened and forward-thinking philosophy of Janet Walmsley in particular, whose approach to working with people with aphasia centres around the individual and their place in society, and the importance of finding new and positive roles for people living with aphasia.

People attending the Centre include those with aphasia, student speech and language therapists, and volunteers. All visitors report high levels of enjoyment. People with aphasia tell us that coming to the Centre gives them renewed confidence in themselves and their communication, and students get the satisfaction of really making a difference to someone else's life.

The Centre is jointly funded by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia and by the Department of Human Communication Sciences to 2019.

Photo by Geoff Wilson 2015