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Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Julie teaches and leads on modules on the BA (Hons) Childhood suite of degrees and on the MA (Education) in the Nottingham Institute of Education.

Since joining NTU in 2013 she has completed her PGCHE and an MA in Education and has become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She leads on teaching sustainability in Childhood and has presented at the Advance HE Sustainability Symposium in relation to embedding key aspects of sustainability into teaching about Childhood.

Career overview

Before joining the teaching team at NTU she was Manager and Lead Practitioner in a phase two Sure Start Children's Centre (five years – 2008-2013) where she completed the NPQICL. Prior to this Julie worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for 20 years (1987-2008).

Research areas

Julie’s research focus is in speech, language and communication and she has co-edited a text book for Childhood Studies undergraduates and early years practitioners which addresses children's communication through a holistic lens.

Her work with an NTU colleague and partners in the local NHS Speech and Language Therapy service has produced findings which have been published and disseminated in a number of journals and conferences including the 2018 TACTYC conference and the RCSLT conference in November 2019.

Her current PhD research has a focus on the interface between education and health in the support for children's early communication and language development. Julie continues to present findings and perspectives from her ongoing research at Early Years and post-graduate research conferences.

External activity

Julie is a qualified trainer for the Early Language Development Programme as well as a qualified Makaton Regional Tutor.