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PhD candidate, Swansea University

I’m currently a third-year PhD researcher at Swansea University, working cross-discipline in linguistics and health science. I apply analytic techniques in linguistics to a problem in health care: look-alike, sound-alike (LASA) drug name confusion errors.

My experience is varied: I have a background in languages, with degrees in translation and three years setting up and running my own translation company. I’ve also worked freelance as a copy-editor and Italian>English translator. After my MA I worked professionally in higher education for five years as a project manager for a science outreach project; this gave me multiple perspectives of the higher education landscape. Driven by personal interest, I have always steered my research towards medicine, and my current PhD study builds on my MA thesis in 2012.

When I’m not scrolling through thousands drug names, I am playing with my two gorgeous children, attempting to make things with yarn, drinking copious coffees, and getting sand between my toes on a Gower beach.


  • 2015–present
    PhD candidate, fully funded, Swansea University
  • 2013–2018
    Project Manager, Swansea University
  • 2012–2014
    Freelance copyeditor and It>En translator, Freelance
  • 2009–2012
    Founder and Director of SME, Veritas Ltd


  • 2018 
    Association of Project Managers, Project Management Qualification (70%)
  • 2012 
    Swansea University, MA Translation and Linguistics (Distinction)
  • 2009 
    Swansea University, BA Translation (English/Italian/Russian, First Class Honours)


  • 2016
    Protocol: A systematic review of the literature on look-alike, sound-alike (LASA) medication errors., Bryan, R, Jordan, S, Aronson, JK, Boucher, C & Williams, AJ. Prospero. Available:
  • 2015
    Taxonomy and Transparency in International Pharmaceutical Nomenclature., Bryan, R. In: P. ten-Hacken & R. Panacova (Eds.), Word Formation and Transparency in Medical English. Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • 2015
    Patient safety in medication nomenclature: orthographic and semantic properties of International Nonproprietary Names., Bryan, R, Aronson, JK, ten-Hacken, P, Williams, AJ & Jordan, S. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145431.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    PhD studentship award
    Studentship - stipend+fees
    Funding Source:
    Swansea University
  • 2009
    Masters studentship award
    Studentship - stipend+fees
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council