UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Miss Nicola Sirman

Miss Nicola Sirman

Teaching Fellow

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
5th Mar 2012

Research summary

Whilst working as a Research Assistant on the Better Conversations with Aphasia project at UCL, I was given the opportunity to carry out my MSc conversion project from City University London.  My MSc project used an online survey and focus group to explore how SLTs working in the South East of England currently deliver conversation therapy to support people with a range of communication disorders, in particular aphasia. 

My other research interests are:
  • Practice-based learning in healthcare
  • Continuing professional development
  • Adult dysfluency
  • Group vs individual therapy for people with Parkinson's Disease


University College London
FHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2017
City University
MSc, Speech and Language Therapy | 2013
City University
P.Grad Dip, Speech and Language Therapy | 2009
University of Plymouth
BA Hons, International Business Studies and Modern Languages | 2003


I qualified as a Speech and Language therapist in 2009 from City University London.  I worked for Sussex Community NHS Trust for 5 years across a range of settings including stroke rehabilitation, community neurological rehabilitation, outpatient and domiciliary visits.  My caseload was incredibly varied and included all adult neurology alongside voice and dysfluency.  I helped to develop the service to adults with dysfluency including the introduction of a Facebook support group.  During this time I also worked as a Research Assistant on the Better Conversations with Aphasia project at UCL,  which developed a free e-learning resource to improve access to conversation therapy for SLTs and people with aphasia.  I have been with my current employer Solent NHS Trust since 2014.  My role involves working from a community hospital specialising in adult neurology and dysfluency.  I have also started my own business Coastal Speech Therapy offering both face to face and Skype therapy. 

After finishing the Better Conversations with Aphasia project at UCL, I transferred over to the Teaching Fellow team.  I continue to work part-time at UCL supporting students on the MSc in Speech and Language therapy,  in particular the Professional Studies Module.  This includes all aspects of students' clinical development through visiting them on their placements, facilitating clinical tutorials and leading whole group workshops to marking coursework, exams and interviewing potential students, this is a role that I really enjoy and find extremely rewarding.

I am a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council.  I am also a Research Champion for the RCSLT.  I am a member of the Aphasia, Adult Neurology and Dysfluency Clinical Excellence Networks.