Inaugural Underwood Trust Annual Lecture

As Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit (BSLTRU) celebrated its 30th anniversary, we were pleased to instigate the Underwood Trust Annual Lecture. For this inaugural event our keynote speaker was Dr Rebecca Palmer, RCSLT Research Trustee and Reader in Communication and Stroke Rehabilitation at University of Sheffield. She talked about the Big CACTUS trial and its origins in work carried out at BSLTRU.

We also heared from Professor Pamela Enderby, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield and founder of BSLTRU about the origins of the unit and from Professor Sue Roulstone, Emeritus Professor at the University of the West of England and Chair of the BSLTRU Steering Group. The event also marked the launch of the second edition of the book, ‘Creating Practice Based Evidence: A Guide for SLTs’, edited by Corinne Dobinson and Yvonne Wren and published by J&R Press.

The lecture took place at Southmead Hospital Learning and Research Centre, Bristol on Tuesday 12th March 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. This was free event and open to the public. But of particular interest to speech and language therapists and other professionals working with people with speech, language and communication problems. 

Dr Palmer has kindly given permission for her slide set to be shared and the PDF of them can be downloaded from this link - 

The BSLTRU team also videoed the lecture and this can be viewed below.


The Bristol Project film is about five teenage boys.

These young people worked with Professor Sue Roulstone and Dr Clodagh Miskelly from the University of the West of England and a film production company to explore the research question:

'What is it like to be a teenager with speech and language difficulties?'

The answers to that question were not what the researchers expected to hear. The young people challenge us to focus on their interests and their positive contributions rather than on their difficulties.  The film portrays these teenagers with affection and humour and gives them a chance to share their enthusiasms. Although the boys' difficulties with communication may be apparent in the film, we are challenged to consider our role in defining their difficulties.

The speech & language therapy research unit would be grateful for a voluntary contribution of £8.00 per copy to cover duplication costs and postage & packing.

You can find out more about this video by downloading the PDF below.