Professor Rachael-Anne Knight

School of Health and Social Care
Professor Rachael-Anne Knight



Rachael-Anne is a phonetician with interests in prosody, psycholinguistics and pedagogy. She is a Professor of Phonetics, and Divisional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy in the School of Health Sciences. Rachael-Anne completed a BA at the University of Roehampton, where she fell in love with linguistics and went on to study for an MSc in Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCL. After a brief period as a research assistant working with prosody in speech synthesis she moved to the University of Cambridge, to complete a PhD in phonetics. Her main areas of phonetics research involve intonation, rhythm, rhotics, clinical phonetics and accent perception. Rachael-Anne has a strong interest in education and pedagogy, and publishes textbooks (e.g. Phonetics: A coursebook) and educational research. She has been a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015, and a National Teaching Fellow since 2016. Rachael-Anne worked at City, University of London from 2005 to 2023. As Associate Dean Education from 2014-2021 she had strategic responsibility for education across the then School of Health Sciences, and led on a number of cross-institutional projects. She authored the institution's Lecture Capture policy, and was sponsor for the hybrid learning project, ISLA. She led on External Examining appointments across City, and ran induction and professional development activities in this area. Rachael-Anne is an AdvanceHE associate, and has delivered workshops on assessment and feedback, as well as being a regular facilitator for the Professional Development Course for External Examiners. She is also an AdvanceHE accreditor for direct fellowship applications.


  • PhD Linguistics (Phonetics) University of Cambridge, (2003)

  • MSc Speech and Hearing Sciences University College London, (1999)

  • BA English Literature and English Langauge and Linguistics University of Roehampton, (1998)

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Advance HE, (2015)

  • National Teaching Fellow Advance HE, (2016)

  • Recognised Facilitator: Professional Development Course for External Examiners Advance HE, (2021)


University of Essex

  • Divisional Lead, Speech and Language Therapy, University of Essex (31/7/2023 - present)

  • Professor of Phonetics, School of Health and Social Cre, University of Essex (31/7/2023 - present)

Other academic

  • Associate Dean Education, School of Health Sciences, City, University of London (1/10/2014 - 21/2/2021)

  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor of Phonetics, Language and Communication Science, City, University of London (10/1/2005 - 25/7/2023)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Understanding Typical Communication (HS132)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 1 (HS831)

  • Foundation Studies 2 - Pathology for Speech and Language Therapy (HS835)

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Portfolio 1 (HS705)


Journal articles (19)

White, S., Hurren, A., James, S. and Knight, R., (2022). ‘I think that's what I heard? I'm not sure’: Speech and language therapists’ views of, and practices in, phonetic transcription. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 57 (5), 1071-1084

Attenborough, J., Abbott, S., Brook, J. and Knight, R-A., (2019). Everywhere and nowhere: Work-based learning in healthcare education. Nurse Education in Practice. 36, 132-138

Knight, R., Bandali, C., Woodhead, C. and Vansadia, P., (2018). Clinicians’ views of the training, use and maintenance of phonetic transcription in speech and language therapy. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 53 (4), 776-787

Attenborough, J., Knight, R-A. and Brook, J., (2018). Developing and sustaining a Community of Practice through Twitter for work-based learning. Evidence Based Nursing. 21 (4), 89-90

Knight, R-A., Dipper, L. and Cruice, M., (2018). Viva survivors – the effect of peer-mentoring on pre-viva anxiety in early-years students. Studies in Higher Education. 43 (1), 190-199

Castick, S., Knight, R-A. and Sell, D., (2017). Perceptual Judgments of Resonance, Nasal Airflow, Understandability, and Acceptability in Speakers with Cleft Palate: Ordinal versus Visual Analogue Scaling. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 54 (1), 19-31

Saunder, L. and Knight, R-A., (2017). CitySCaPE: Moving beyond indifference in education for pre-registration nurses about learning disability. Nurse Education in Practice. 26, 82-88

Hrastelj, L. and Knight, R-A., (2017). Ingressive speech errors: a service evaluation of speech-sound therapy in a child aged 4;6. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 52 (4), 479-488

Brook, J., Salmon, D. and Knight, R-A., (2017). Preparing the sexual health workforce to deliver integrated services: is education the answer? A qualitative study exploring the impact of sexual health education on developing integrated policy and practice. Primary Health Care Research & Development. 18 (03), 270-281

Knight, R-A. and Botting, N., (2016). Organising undergraduate research projects: student-led and academic-led models. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. 8 (4), 455-468

Knight, R-A., Kurtz, S. and Georgiadou, I., (2015). Speech production in children with Down's syndrome: The effects of reading, naming and imitation. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 29 (8-10), 598-612

Smith, R., Holmes-Elliott, S., Pettinato, M. and Knight, R-A., (2014). Cross-Accent Intelligibility of Speech in Noise: Long-Term Familiarity and Short-Term Familiarization. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 67 (3), 590-608

Knight, R., Dipper, L. and Cruice, M., (2013). The use of video in addressing anxiety prior to viva voce exams. British Journal of Educational Technology. 44 (6)

Waring, R. and Knight, R., (2013). How should children with speech sound disorders be classified? A review and critical evaluation of current classification systems. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. 48 (1), 25-40

Knight, R-A., (2011). Assessing the temporal reliability of rhythm metrics. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 41 (3), 271-281

Knight, R-A., (2010). Transcribing nonsense words: The effect of numbers of voices and repetitions. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 24 (6), 473-484

Knight, R-A., (2008). The Shape of Nuclear Falls and their Effect on the Perception of Pitch and Prominence: Peaks vs. Plateaux. Language and Speech. 51 (3), 223-244

Knight, R-A. and Cocks, N., (2007). Rhythm in the speech of a person with right hemisphere damage: Applying the pairwise variability index. Advances in Speech Language Pathology. 9 (3), 256-264

Knight, R-A. and Nolan, F., (2006). The effect of pitch span on intonational plateaux. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 36 (1), 21-38

Books (4)

Knight, R-A. and Setter, J., (2021). The Cambridge Handbook of Phonetics. Cambridge University Press. 1108596568. 9781108596565

Whitworth, N. and Knight, R-A., (2014). Methods in Teaching Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics. 190782619X. 9781907826191

Jones, MJ. and Knight, R-A., (2013). Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics. A&C Black. 1441146067. 9781441146069

Knight, R-A., (2012). Phonetics A Coursebook. Cambridge University Press. 0521732441. 9780521732444

Conferences (1)

Knight, RA., Villafaña Dalcher, C. and Jones, MJ., (2008). Cue switching in the perception of approximants: Evidence from two English dialects



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