University of Central Lancashire academic presented with Fellowship

7 October 2019

Dr Hazel Roddam has received the award from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has presented Dr Hazel Roddam, reader in allied health practice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with a fellowship. Hazel was recognised for her impressive advocacy for the speech and language profession on both a national and international level.

The RCSLT was impressed with how Hazel had created an Europe-wide peer support and mentorship in research skills network for clinical speech and language therapists and students through the formation of ResNetSLT. Hazel was also awarded for the contribution she has made to raising the profile of the RCSLT through her role as as an RCSLT delegate to the European speech and language therapy organisation CPLOL.

Commenting on the award Dr Roddam said: "I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have received this recognition from the RCSLT.

“I look forward to continuing to work with individual speech therapists and teams to raise their awareness of the research environment and to give them more confidence to implement research evidence into their own local practice.

“The online learning community that I started has grown beyond all my expectations; connecting people internationally and across many professions. And the clear focus is always on improving services and quality of life for people with speech, language and communication needs and their families.”

The RCSLT Fellowships are awarded annually to RCSLT members who have made outstanding contributions to the speech and language therapy profession.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO DStJ attended the awards ceremony, as Patron of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, on 25 September 2019 at Council House, Nottingham.

Dr Roddam’s RCSLT nomination testimonial can be viewed here