Staff Who Stammer

Who we are

This network is for staff who stammer and who would like to share experiences, access a support network and / or raise awareness of stammering at work.  

Chair of the Staff Who Stammer Group

Lindsey Pike (PolicyBristol Coordinator, Research and Enterprise Development)

How we can help

We provide peer support and signposting for issues relating to stammering in the workplace.

We aim to work with the University to ensure that all staff who stammer at Bristol have a consistent and positive experience at the University.

Membership of the network is open to all University staff who stammer (overtly or covertly). There is no subscription fee. Colleagues who don’t stammer but are interested in finding out more about stammering are welcome to get in touch too.

We also work with The British Stammering Association’s Employers Stammering Network (ESN), who produce guidance and provide support for people who stammer and their employers.

The ESN and Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) have produced ‘Understanding Stammering’, a guide for employers; please get in touch with Lindsey Pike if you would like a copy.

The guide covers:

  • What causes stammering?
  • What is stammering – effect on speech
  • How different factors affect people who stammer at work
  • Understanding the hidden aspects of stammering
  • Good practice for employers
  • Types of job
  • Communication skills and describing job roles
  • Job interviews
  • Creating and reviewing policies
  • Using the telephone
  • Meetings, group interaction and presentations
  • In conversation with a person who stammers
  • Tone and sensitivity
  • Unconscious bias
  • Legal issues
  • Case studies
  • Sources of support

Join us

The staff who stammer network meets every 3 weeks at 1 Cathedral Square. We currently meet on Friday mornings but if you’d like to join us and that time doesn’t work for you, we can reschedule.

Please email if you’d like to attend; meetings are scheduled 9.30- 10.30 on:

  • 18 Jan 2019
  • 8 Feb 2019
  • 1 March 2019
  • 22 March 2019
  • 12 April 2019
  • 3 May 2019
  • 24 May 2019

Please contact Lindsey Pike via  if you would like to express an interest in joining the network.

Useful Links

Some of our network members will be attending the following conference in London on Saturday 19 January. Please get in touch if you’d like to join us.

Conference: Silence on campus: Making a noise about stammering

A conference featuring latest research, findings and discussion of stammering, specifically within the higher education domain. Talks covering university applications, socialising, assessment methods, academic and non-academic staff, job interviews and more!


Doors from 9:45am, refreshments provided

Event starts at 10:30am and ends at 5pm

Easy access to a range of lunch options in central London


Booking and further information

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