Lynne Barnes

Lynne Barnes

Principal Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH207

+44 (0) 1772 89 3098

Subject Areas: British Sign Language & Deaf Studies

Lynne is Academic Lead for the BSL & Deaf Studies team at UCLan. Lynne also acts as an Adviser to deaf and hard of hearing students across the university. Her research interests are in the pedagogy of deaf learners and access for deaf students within Higher Education. Lynne was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her work in BSL & Deaf Studies and in establishing support services for deaf students in H.E.

Full Profile

Lynne joined the university in 1993 to design and deliver what is now the BA (Hons) BSL and Deaf Studies course. Prior to coming to UCLan, Lynne firstly taught History and then qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf. After working with deaf children in mainstream schools, she became a peripatetic tutor for deaf students in FE and HE, before moving back to Preston, her home town. Because of her experience in supporting deaf students, Lynne also became an Adviser for deaf students across the university.

Lynne’s research interests lie in access for deaf students within HE, the pedagogy of deaf learners, and more recently, as a result of undertaking an EdD (Professional Doctorate), deaf graduates and employability. Lynne has published widely in the field of deaf student education. She is convener of a national consortium of HE support services for deaf students (CHESS) and has presented at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally. Lynne sits on the Trustee Board of Signature, the largest national awarding body for British Sign Language qualifications. She is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Deafness and Education International.


  • Candidate for Professional Doctorate (EdD), UCLan, 2013 – 2015 
  • MA Education (Research), UCLan, 2005
  • BA History (Hons) University of Warwick, 1983

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • National Teaching Fellow Award, HEA, 2008

External Roles

  • Trustee on the Board of Signature, the largest national awarding body for British Sign Language qualifications.
  • Editorial board for the Journal of Deafness and Education International.
  • Convener of the Consortium of Higher Education Support Services for Deaf Students (CHESS)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Academic Lead: BSL & Deaf Studies
  • Issues in Deaf Education
  • BSL Teacher Training Course


Barnes, L, Harrington, F, Williams, J and Atherton, M (eds) (2007) Deaf Students in Higher Education: Current Research and Practice. Coleford, Douglas McLean 285 pages. ISBN 978-0-946252-64-0

Atherton, M. and Barnes, L. (2012) ‘Deaf people as British Sign Language teachers: experiences and aspirations’ Deafness and Education International 14, 4: 184–198

Barnes, L. (2014) Developing critical practice in non-traditional learners: Training Deaf people to Teach in Appleby, Y. and Pilkington, R. Developing Critical Professional Practice in Education. London. NIACE

Barnes, L. and Atherton, M. (2015) ‘“What’s the sign for Catch 22?”: barriers to professional formation for deaf teachers of British Sign Language in the Further Education sector” Journal of Further and Higher Education 39,3:417-434

More publications

Research Activities

Pedagogy of deaf learners; access for deaf students within Higher Education; deaf graduate employability.


2015-2018 Signs2Teach
2013-2014 I-Sign II - CSW development
2013-2015 Signs2Cross
2012-2013 Signs2English
2011-2012 BSL Teachers Networks and Website
2008-2010 Signs2Go