Dr Sean PertBSc(Hons), PgDip, PhD, mRCSLT

Senior Lecturer in Language Therapy, Senior Lecturer in SLT (TF)

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I am a speech and language therapist with over 20 years' experience in the NHS. I have worked as a specialist speech and language therapist, service manager and student co-ordinator. Clinically I have worked with:

  • Children with severe speech and language impairments
  • Bilingual children
  • Trans adults on voice and communication change

I am interested in evidence-based practice and how to apply evidence in real clinical situations.

In October 2017 a radio programme I contributed to, exploring trans voice, 'Sounds Like She', part of the BBC Radio 3 'Between the Ears' series was nominated for an ARIA award (Audio & Radio Industry Awards) for Best Factual Storytelling.

In 2017 I won the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation for Voice and Communication Groups involving student volunteers, in Partnership with Louie Stafford, Trans Programme Coordinator at the LGBT Foundation.

In 2017 I won the Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility: Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity for the Voice and Communication Groups for trans individuals delivered in partnership with the LGBT Foundation.

In 2017 I was nominated and shortlisted for Most Inspiring Lecturer, Students' Union Teaching Awards.

In 2012, with Dr C. McKean and Dr C. Stow, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing the Building Early Sentences Therapy (BEST) language therapy programme.

In June 2016 I was nominated for the Volunteer Going the Extra Mile award for the voice and communication workshops at the LGBT foundation (see Social Responsibility section).

In 2005, with Dr C. Stow, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing assessment tools to be used with Pakistani heritage children including the Bilingual Speech Sound Screen: Pakistani Heritage Languages, Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu.

Social responsibility

I am working in partnership with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans foundation (LGBT foundation) to provide Voice and communication workshops for Trans individuals. The aim of these workshops is provide evidence-based information to Trans people wishing to change their communication. This may involve changing the voice pitch (frequency), resonance, articulation style, use of language and non-verbal communication (also known as 'body language'). The workshops provide information on safe changes, as some non-professional online advice may risk damage to the vocal folds.

The workshops are typically held in the evenings at the LGBT foundation in Manchester's Village and involve student speech and language therapists currently studying on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy degree programme. This involvement encourages students to feel confident supporting people from the Trans community.

If you are an individual looking for support and you live or work in the Manchester area, please contact the Trans Programme Team at the LGBT foundation for more information. The Trans Programme Team have extensive information available here.


2009-2011 University of Salford
PgDip Healthcare management:

  • Leading and managing in healthcare organisations
  • The 'Me' in leadership
  • Leading change for patient and/or service improvement
  • Project management and methods of inquiry

2000-2007 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
PhD. Thesis title: Bilingual language development in Pakistani heritage children in Rochdale UK. Intrasentential codeswitching and the Implications for the identification of specific language impairment. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10443/2230

1992 – 1995 Manchester Metropolitan University
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology
Dissertation: An evaluation of the dysarthria profile (revised) with reference to cerebral vascular accident, head injury, motor neurone disease client groups (Dissertation supervised by Sandra Robertson MScLCEST Reg.MCST LLCM), May 1995. Available at: http://www.speechtherapy.co.uk/PDF/1995SPertDissertation.pdf

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Health & Care Professions Council

External positions

External examiner for BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2007 - Doctor of Philosophy, Newcastle University (2000 - 2007)
  • 1995 - BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy, Manchester Metropolitan University (1992 - 1995)

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