Penny works in the School of Health and Social Care as a lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy and Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Before joining the University, she worked as a Speech and Language Therapist, helping people with speech, language and communication needs, learning difficulties, intellectual impairments, Autism Spectrum Conditions and mental health needs—all of whom face challenges getting their voices heard.
Penny is passionate about supporting these voices. From people living in long-stay institutions in the 1980s to the modern-day experiences of children with speech, language and communication needs, she is interested in how these people are heard, or not as the case may be, by the services they use.
Penny is also profoundly interested in the educational value of life stories and narratives from people with lived experiences of complex health conditions. She has a post-graduate degree in Creative and Life Writing and has broad experience working with marginalised groups in creative and life writing activities. Groups have produced a range of literary forms with her, from poetry to memoir and fiction.
Recently she worked with another SURG member to create a book of memories and short stories. Illustrations were provided by the Technology Enhanced Learning team, along with the author’s own photos, and a limited-run print of the book was completed thanks to a donation from one of our partners.