Isabel Windeatt

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Postgraduate research student


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Isabel Windeatt
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

I received a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Nottingham in 2012. I then went on to complete a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics with Forensic Linguistics at Aston University in 2013. My dissertation developed a linguistic taxonomy of police interview questions.

After completing my MA I worked for North East Lincolnshire Council from September 2013 to 2016, working  in various roles including business support and as data analyst/Technical Professional Advisor for my final two years (May 2015 – Sept 2017) while volunteering as a special constable with Humberside Police.

I then worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as a Patient Experience Officer from September 2017 to 2018 before commencing my PhD in October 2018 to follow my interests in research, linguistics and atypical communication.

Research interests

My research uses conversation analysis to investigate how silences are used and understood by people with aphasia (PWA) and their family/friends within everyday conversations. I have collected data from 10 dyads of people with aphasia and their communication partners to determine when silence occurs as an artifact of aphasia and when it is purposive, functional communication. 

Research interests

  • Conversation analysis
  • Linguistics
  • Atypical communication
Research group


  • Dr Traci Walker
  • Dr Catherine Tattersall
Professional activities
  • University Teacher - University of Sheffield, Division of Human Communication Sciences (HCS). Sept – Dec 2019. Taught and assessed UG and PGT students on the module Introduction to Information Skills, provided support on other department modules. 
  • PGR Tutor for HCS on the module Introduction to Practical Linguistics teaching Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Oct-Dec 2018, Feb-May 2020. 
  • PGR Tutor for 301 Academic Skills Centre. Sept 2019 – present. Run workshops and hold 1:1 tutorials with students across the university to help develop their study and research skills.
  • Realising Opportunities Mentor June – October 2019. Taught secondary school students to undertake research and produce academic essays.
  • Secretary and Faculty Representative for HCS on the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health PGR Society  Oct 2018-present (Secretary 2018/19). Represent my department at Faculty level, reporting student issues, organising skills days for students and assisting with funding applications.
Research presentations
  • University of Sheffield FMDH PGR Day  - 1 Minute Thesis Presentation 30/04/19
  • EMCA Doctoral Network Meeting, University of Manchester - Data session 20/5/2019 
  • Sheffield PubhD – Oral presentation 5/6/2019
  • University of Sheffield HCS PGR Conference - Poster presentation 9/7/2019 (awarded prize for best poster)
  • European Conference of Conversation Analysis – Poster presentation 30/06/2020