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Dr Lynne Barnes

Principal Lecturer in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Academic Team Lead: Humanities, Language and Global Studies
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Lynne developed the British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies course in 1993. She also helped to develop the university support service for deaf students. Lynne is Academic Team Lead for the disciplines of BSL & Deaf Studies, English Language and Linguistics and Religion, Culture & Society. Lynne's teaching and scholarship focus on the education and pedagogy of deaf learners. In recognition of her contribution to the relative new discipline of BSL & Deaf Studies and her work in the support of deaf students, Lynne was recognised as a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Lynne has taught across a wide range of cultural and sociological Deaf Studies modules. Her teaching focuses primarily on the education of deaf children and the role deafness plays in families. Lynne has been instrumental in securing numerous European projects via Erasmus schemes, including BSL:QED (; Signs 2 Go; Signs 2 Cross; Deaf Enterprise. Lynne is Convenor of the Consortium of Support Services for Deaf People (CHESS), a national organisation dedicated to providing advice and training to HEIs related to the teaching and support of deaf students. She has published work in a range of deaf and disability themed journals.

Lynne is a qualified teacher of the deaf and taught deaf children in secondary schools before becoming a tutor for deaf students in FE and HE. A career change saw Lynne develop BSL & Deaf Studies at UCLan - one of the very few such courses in the UK. Bringing her experience of deaf student support to the university, Lynne became an Adviser for Deaf Students on a fractional basis within the university. Lynne's experience in supporting deaf students combines with her research interests in general education practice and pedagogy for deaf learners. She has been an invited speaker to many conferences and has run several workshops at the annual National Association of Disability Practitioner conferences. She is well- known with the Deaf Studies field and advises the Department for Education and the Student Loans Company on matters pertaining to the support of deaf students.

  • EdD Professional Doctorate in Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2017
  • MA Educational Research, University of Central Lancashire, 2005
  • PGCE Teacher of the Deaf, Manchester University, 1988
  • PGCE, Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, 1984
  • BA (Hons) History, Warwick University, 1983
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2018
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2008
  • National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2008
  • Education of deaf children
  • Supporting deaf students in higher education
  • Employability of deaf graduates
  • Convenor of the Consortium of Support Services for Deaf People (CHESS)
  • Member of the Disability Support Stakeholder Group (DSSG)