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Professor Jane Setter 

  • School Director of Academic Tutoring;

  • School TEF Lead

  • Departmental Examinations Officer

Areas of interest

National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE), Jane is reviews editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, on the editorial board of the  Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, and on the advisory panel of Babel: The Language Magazine. As of August 2019, she takes up membership of the Council of the International Phonetic Association (IPA). She is a regular contributor to the University College London Summer Course in English Phonetics; she has taught on the IPA Certificate Strand of this course, and has acted as an examiner for the IPA Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English.

Jane is School Director of Academic Tutoring and Departmental Examinations Officer. Her outreach activities include visiting schools to give talks to students, and organising and teaching on our INSET course for teachers of A level English Language. She has also run refresher courses in Grammar and Phonetics for Speech and Language Therapists with colleagues in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

Jane is probably best known as co-editor of the eighteenth edition of the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (CUP, 2011). Her main research interests are English phonetics and phonology, English pronunciation and intelligibility (including in World and learner Englishes), phonology in atypical speech populations (specifically Williams syndrome), and phonetics and phonology in Hong Kong English; her particular interest is in prosodic aspects of speech such as rhythm and intonation. She has held UK and international research grants and published widely, and is a popular keynote speaker, both at home and abroad.

Jane also works on aspects of teaching and learning in Higher Education, both in phonetics/phonology and in other aspects of quality assurance and quality enhancement, including working with students as partners in the curriculum and on aspects of student employability. She acts as external examiner and on periodic review panels for universities in the UK and internationally and collaborates with colleagues worldwide on aspects of teaching and learning.


Postgraduate supervision

Jane currently supervises five PhD students.


Jane teaches the following modules:

  • LSMDPH: Pedagogic Phonetics and Phonology (Distance)
  • LSMFLS: Foundations of Language Study - English Phonology content
  • LS2ANS: Analysing Speech
  • LS2EP: English Phonology
  • LS3EIW/LSMEW: English in the World
  • LS1SG: Sounds, Grammar and Meaning - Phonetics content.

Research centres and groups

  • Member of Senate
  • Associate Member of Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Language Studies & English (Leeds)
  • MA Linguistics & English Language Teaching (Leeds)
  • PhD (Reading).