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Alex Mallinson

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Wellbeing

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Alex Mallinson

Role Summary

I am a qualified speech and language therapist and academic and have been working as a part-time lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University since 2009. My clinical specialisms are communication and swallowing disorders associated with learning disabilities, mental health and stammering. My current teaching role broadly includes professional knowledge and skills (year 2), lifelong disabilities, mental illness, stamnmering & developmental eating and drinking disorders. I am professional tutor for Year 2 of the SLT programme supporting students on placement.  Additionally, I support placement access for students with disabilities across all year groups.


  • MSc Speech & Language Pathology & Therapy (Distinction), University College London.
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Sheffield.


Module leadership & teaching

  • Professional Knowledge and Skills 2 
  • Voice and Stammering

In addition, I currently teach on the following modules; 

Year 1

  • Topics in Psychology
  • Professional Knowledge and Skills 1
  • Lifelong Disability Studies

Year 2

  • Speech & Language therapy: Process & Practice

Year 3

  • Advanced dysphagia (lead for developmental dysphagia)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Advanced Evidence Based Practice (dissertation)


I have been nominated for a range of staff awards including Lecturer of the Year, aCAREdemic and awards for Humanity, Ambition & Innovation, most recently in 2022.  


I am currently a postgraduate researcher at the University of Exeter studying for a PhD in Education.  My research focuses on feedback experiences of pre-registration students.  

Areas of research interest include:

  • Pedagogical research, with a focus on assessment and feedback
  • Clinical education of health professions
  • Epilepsy and its effects on communication, eating and drinking
  • Communication disorder in mental illness
  • Interprofessional working


Mallinson, A.L., Parrott, L., Pettit, E., Stewart, J. & Callard, J.F. (2022). Making it happen with multiple stakeholders; effective knowledge exchange for placement-based learning. [Verbal presentation at ‘Knowledge Exchange in Higher Education: implications for teaching and research’ conference at Plymouth Marjon University, 01/04/22.] 

Mallinson, A.L. & Wisdom, F.O. (2022). Learning with and from each other: A cross-university approach to student-led knowledge exchange. [Poster presentation at ‘Knowledge Exchange in Higher Education: implications for teaching and research’ conference at Plymouth Marjon University, 01/04/22]

Parrott, L., Pettit, E., Mallinson, A., Knox, P., Bates, S., and Callard, J. (2021). How was it for you? University practice educators’ reflections on delivering a creative clinical placement during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 23 (3). pp. 24-29. 


Mallinson, A and Parrott, L., (2019) Professional literacy development: A pilot project with undergraduate speech & language therapy students. [Verbal presentation] International Assessment in Higher Education conference proceedings.

Hall, F., Mallinson, A., and Parrott, L., (2010) Using the interprofessional dysphagia framework in undergraduate teaching. Poster presented at UK Swallow Research Group conference, Feb 2010 and UCP Marjon Learning, Teaching and Research conference, March 2010.

Mallinson, A., (1999) Challenging the Classification of Rolandic Epilepsy as a Benign Disorder: Evidence from a Speech and Language Investigation. European Academy of Childhood Disability conference proceedings.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Certified member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Roles on external bodies

  • Co-founder of the SLTs4Humanities network (Twitter: @SLTs4Humanities)
  • Co-founder of the Southwest Clinical Excellence Network for Adults who have Learning Disabilities
  • Member of the National Practice Education Lead group in SLT
  • Supporting author & reviewer for Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists' national professional guidance on delegating and safeguarding
  • HEI representative on regional SLT ALD managers group
  • South West Area Partnership for Placements member

Other Interests

My clinical work as a highly specialist speech & language therapist has been predominately in the field of learning disabilities with a focus on adults.  

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