Dr Kate Trott


Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Senior University Teacher and Programme Director

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Dr Kate Trott
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

I am currently a Senior University Teacher and Programme Director for two distance learning programmes in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield:

  • Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc Language and Communication Impairment in Children
  • Advanced Certificate Language and Communication Impairment in Children.

My earlier career was in Linguistics. I worked initially for the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, whilst completing my PhD in gender and aspects of children’s lexical development. Subsequently, I held a Lectureship at the University of Nottingham, and a Senior Lectureship/degree scheme lead at York St John University. My specialist areas of teaching included language and gender, developmental linguistics, and the application of linguistics to the study of communication arts.

Following training as a speech and language therapist, I combined clinical work in school settings with clinical tutoring and lecturing in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. From 2010-2013, I course directed the MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies, the pre-qualification clinical masters course in speech and language therapy, run by the department.

The Tall Ship Project is a University of Sheffield Alumni funded initiative which, in collaboration with local education services, has provided live training and materials to staff supporting children’s communication in local schools and nurseries. I have had significant involvement in the project’s training activities, and in developing related materials.

Whilst working in Human Communication Sciences at Sheffield, I have been involved in supporting students on a number of clinical placements in Human Communication Sciences at Sheffield, and am still actively involved in our in-house adult dysarthria group, which forms part of the clinical practice strand for our post-graduate speech and language therapy students. I am certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), and in 2012 set up a maintenance group for clients with Parkinson’s Disease who have completed the LSVT intensive training. The group continues to run as an additional, non-assessed clinical opportunity for our students.

My strong commitment to student support and widening participation in education is long-standing, and spans a number of roles held in various posts, from provision of pastoral/mentoring support in university residence settings to responsibility for the co-ordination and delivery of academic personal tutoring across degree programmes. This commitment is embodied in my current post as programme director for two distance learning programmes.

Research interests
  • Children’s language development and issues of social disadvantage;
  • Social psychological and sociolinguistic perspectives in human communication sciences and speech and language therapy;
  • Motor speech disorders, especially in the context of Parkinson’s Disease;
  • Counselling, especially in relation to clients with communication difficulties, and to student support.


  • Trott K, Dobbinson S & Griffiths P (2004) The Child Language Reader. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wray A, Trott K & Bloomer A (1998) Projects in Linguistics: A Practical Guide to Researching Language. Hodder Arnold. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Trott K (1996) "Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys": Aspects of Lexical Development in Children Aged 4 to 9. Misterton, UK: The Language Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Trott K, Hoben K & Gray C (2009) A preventative model to prepare students for practice. RCSLT Bulletin(691), 14-15. RIS download Bibtex download
Professional activities

I have acted as an external examiner for courses and research degree candidates for the University of Sheffield and the University of York. Most recently, I was an external for Birmingham City University’s BSc in Speech and Language Therapy (2009-2013).

Currently, I am following a part-time course in Counselling and Psychotherapy to support and develop my work with students and clients.