Zoe Butterfint

Zoe Butterfint

Professor, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Partnerships & Apprenticeships

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Biography

I am currently Professor of Health Sciences Education and the UEA Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Partnerships & Apprenticeships. In my role as Associate PVC I have overall academic responsiblity for the quality assurance, oversight and development of UEA provision in these areas and work closely with colleagues internally to UEA and externally in our Partners in support of this provision.

A phonetician by background I began my academic career at the University of Manchester where I also completed my MA Linguistics and PhD in Forensic Phonetics. My time in Manchester was characterised by course and module leadership across undergraduate and postgraduate provision in a variety of departments and with a diverse range of student groups.
In 2005 I joined the Speech and Language Therapy team at the University of East Anglia with responsibility for the design, development, delivery and assessment of the phonetics and phonology strand of the curriculum. The result is a syllabus that is fully embedded, throughout all three years of the programme, and integrated into client-group focused modules and clinical fields of speech and language therapy, delivered in its entirety via Problem-Based Learning.
I have held a number of leadership roles since 2005 and until recently was the Director of Education Strategy in the School of Health Sciences. In this role, which I held between 2014 and 2020, I was responsible for all aspects of the UGT and PGT provision in the School, as well as the overall vision and strategy for Education development and partnership in HSC.

My research and PGR supervision activity focuses mainly on the auditory and acoustic analysis of speech. Currently my principle research interest is dysarthria, in particular non-progressive dysarthria following stroke. In addition, I am also very interested in different areas of the student experience in Higher Education, including different pedagogic approaches to learning, e.g. Problem-Based Learning, and issues around professionalism, its different aspects, and how these skills can be developed in the Higher Education setting.

Key Responsibilities

I am currently the UEA Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Partnerships & Apprenticeships and have overall academic responsiblity for the quality assurance of UEA education programmes delivered with our partner organisations, and the degree and higher apprenticeships offered by UEA. In this role I work closely with colleagues to support the development of our education provision in these areas.

Key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Chair of Partner Joint Boards of Study and Exam Boards
  • Chair of UEA Apprenticeship Governance Committee
  • Member of UEA Learning & Teaching Committee
  • Member of UEA Senate

In the other part of my role I support the education programmes in the School of Health Sciences, in particular the Speech & Language Therapy programmes where I am jointly responsible for the phonetics and phonology strand of the integrated speech and language therapy degree. I am module lead for Deafness & Hearing Impairment at level 5. I am primarily responsible for year 2 acoustic phonetics and advanced year 3 teaching and assessment. I also make an on-going contribution to the development, delivery, assessment and student support and supervision across a range of programmes in HSC.

Until recently I was responsible for the strategic leadership of the education provision, pre- and post-registration, UGT and PGT, in the School of Health Sciences. 

Key responsibilities

  • Member of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences Appeals and Complaints Panel; HSC Board of Examiners (BSc Therapy provision)
  • Member of the Royal Marsden School Board, and member of Council of Deans of Health
  • On-going development and delivery of Phonetics and Phonology teaching, assessment, marking & moderation for BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy programme; assessment activity in other pre-registration programmes in HSC; student support as Personal Adviser (pre- and post-registration students)
  • UG dissertation supervisor - group research projects

Administrative Posts

  • 2021 -          Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Partnerships & Apprenticeships
  • 2020 - 2021 Academic Director of Partnerships & Apprenticeships
  • 2014 - 2020 Director of Education Strategy, School of Health Sciences
  • 2014 - 2019 Official NMC Correspondent
  • 2013 – 2014 Director of Teaching & Learning Quality, School of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • 2011 – 2013 RSc Teaching Lead (Rehabilitation)
  • 2010 – 2013 RSc Academic Senior Advisor

 Committee Membership

  • UEA Senate
  • UEA Learning & Teaching Committee
  • UEA Apprenticeship Governance Committee
  • Chair of UEA validated Partner Boards of Examiners
  • Chair of UEA validated Partner Joint Boards of Study
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Appeals and Complaints Panel
  • HSC OT/PT/SLT Board of Examiners
  • The Royal Marsden School Board

 

Career

  • 2021 -  present Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of Partnerships & Apprenticeships, University of East Anglia
  • 2020 - 2021 Academic Director of Partnerships & Apprenticeships, University of East Anglia
  • 2019 - present Professor of Health Sciences Education, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2014 - 2019 Senior Lecturer in Phonetics, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2005 – 2014 Lecturer in Phonetics, School of Rehabilitation Sciences,  University of East Anglia
  • 2005 assistant to Consultant Forensic Voice Analyst, Department of Linguistics, University of Manchester
  • 1997-2005 part time lecturer, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester

Areas Of Expertise

  • Quality Assurance, curriculum design and Higher Education pedagogy
  • Speech analysis
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Acoustic analysis
  • Dysarthria
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Disordered speech
  • Phonological development/disorder
  • Cleft palate speech

Specialisms

I am happy to consider consultancy work in the following areas: education development and pedagogy, phonetics and phonology; speech analysis; analysis of delayed or disordered speech; 

External Activities

  • Member of the Council of Deans of Health
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council Lay Visitor
  • Associate Member Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards 2009 and 2015
  • External examiner - Trinity College Dublin, 2019 -
  • External examiner - Manchester Metropolitan University, 2011 - 2015

Enterprise and Engagement activities

  • 2018 - present Member of School Board, The Royal Marsden School
  • 2015 - 2018 Member of regional Academic Pool
  • 2015 - 2018 Member of regional Education Development Group
  • 2013   Member of RSC Enterprise and Engagement Action Group
  • 2012/13 - Lead for RSC Knowledge Exchange Events
  • 2013 - Design, development and leadership of BSc Human Communications Sciences degree in RSC
  • 2012 - 2015 Communication Skills short course

Academic Background

  • 2008 PGCert Higher Education Practice, University of East Anglia
  • 2004 PhD Forensic Phonetics, University of Manchester
  • 1998 MA Linguistics, University of Manchester
  • 1997 BA (Hons) 2:1 Modern Languages, University of Huddersfield

Teaching Interests

My primary areas of teaching responsibility are phonetic and phonology, covering all aspects of speech production, transmission and analysis, both theoretical and practical

I am happy to supervise PGR students in:

  • Dysarthria
  • Areas relationg to speech analysis
  • Disordered speech
  • Phonological development or disorder
  • Student experience
  • Higher education
  • Communication skills

Key Research Interests and Expertise

As a phonetician my research activity focuses mainly on the auditory and acoustic analysis of speech. Since arriving at UEA in 2005 most of my work has focused on speech analysis relevant to any of the SLT client groups, whether that involves typically developing, non-standard or disordered speech. Currently my principle research interest is dysarthria, in particular non-progressive dysarthria following stroke, as well as progressive dysarthria in Parkinson’s disease.

In addition, I am also very interested in different areas of the student experience in Higher Education, including different pedagogic approaches to learning, e.g. Problem-Based Learning, and issues around professionalism, its different aspects, and how these skills can be developed in the Higher Education setting. 

 

I am happy to supervise PGR students in:

  • Dysarthria
  • Areas relationg to speech analysis
  • Disordered speech
  • Phonological development or disorder
  • Student experience
  • Higher education
  • Communication skills

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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