Gillian has extensive experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of communication needs and additional expertise in supporting children and adults presenting with fluency disorders. She promotes a person-centred, solution-focused approach in both her teaching and practice.
Gillian is actively engaged with local and national specialist and professional networks and is keen to support student involvement in activities across the profession. She is also a member of the Speech and Language Therapy Admissions Team, supporting student recruitment through interviews, Open Days and events.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Stammering and Cluttering
Speech and Language Therapy
Birmingham City University: M.Ed. (With Commendation), Academic Practice in Higher Education 2017
Manchester Metropolitan University: B.Sc. (Hons.), Speech Pathology and Therapy 2005
- Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
- Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Member of the National Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) in Disorders of Fluency (serving on the committee since 2012, most recently as SIGNAL Editor)
- Trustee of the British Stammering Association (STAMMA)
Selected Media Appearances (3)
What is Makaton, the communication method Rob Delaney used to read a CBeebies bedtime story?
According to Gillian Rudd, senior lecturer in speech and language therapy at Birmingham City University, Makaton is a system of signs and symbols that are designed to be used alongside spoken language. “It is a form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which is a term used to describe the wide range of communication methods that might be used by individuals who have trouble speaking in the typical way,” she adds...
Knowle therapist sparks national debate on improving speech and communication needs provision
Gillian Rudd launched a campaign calling on the government to implement the recommendations of the Bercow: Ten Years On report – a Royal College of Speech and Language review into services for those who have communication difficulties. This includes difficulty speaking or issues with handwriting and can be related to conditions such as dyspraxia...
Inspirational teacher who overcame his stammer to help kids in the same position is 30 Under 30 finalist
"Stammer with confidence! "My speech and language therapist, Gillian Rudd, told me that, first of all, you need to accept it and the fact it is a part of you and always will be. "Secondly, it is all about breathing correctly - it makes all the difference."...
Selected Event Appearances (3)
Investigating clinical reasoning in first year speech and language therapy students using thinking-aloud
RCSLT Conference: Speech and Language Therapy - Maximising impact. (Poster presentation). Glasgow, UK, 27-28 September 2017
Enhancing the employability of BCU speech and language therapy students in working with people who stammer: a University and NHS collaboration
Safer Care Conference. Birmingham, UK, 25 June 2015
Enhancing Student Employability: The Camperdown Program. RCSLT Conference: Mind the Gap: Putting research into practice
Leeds, UK, 17-18 September 2014