Jane Setter is Professor of Phonetics at the University of Reading and currently Director of Academic Tutoring in the School of Literature and Languages. She has been Head of Department, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Undergraduate Programmes and Senior Tutor in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, and was Chair of the University Teaching Fellows’ Community of Practice in 2018-19.
After her undergraduate degree and a period of teaching English as a Foreign Language in Japan, she completed a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and English Language Teaching at the University of Leeds before becoming a sessional lecturer. She then gained a full-time Assistant Professorship in Phonetics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she completed her PhD (University of Reading).
She returned to the UK in 2001 and held sessional lectureships at University College London, City, University of London and the University of Reading before being appointed full-time to a lectureship at Reading in 2004.
Impact of work
Jane is a passionate advocate of students as change-agents, and has held competitive funding to work on student partnership projects. Her influence instigated institutional culture change at Reading, with student involvement embedded at all levels of the curriculum. She has supported colleagues in the application for and management of student partnership awards, led workshops at national conferences, and published in this area.
Jane is internationally acknowledged as an excellent university educator in phonetics. Her use of flipped learning to support the development of practical skills, an example of her inclusive learning techniques, has been showcased at national and international conferences. Her expertise has led to invitations to collaborate with overseas colleagues, such as her Newton Travel Partnership grant, allowing her to train university teachers in Malaysia in the teaching and learning of intonation.
Plans for the future
Jane is particularly interested in Continued Professional Development which helps her to support the development of others. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a University Teaching Fellow. Committed to Widening Participation, her future plans include working to improve representation and retention among students from underrepresented groups, such as BAME, LGBT+ and low participation backgrounds.
Professor of Phonetics
University of Reading