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Dr Nicola Nunn

Senior Lecturer in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

As a British Sign Language user, Nicola Nunn spent many years working with the British Deaf community before joining the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as British Sign Language and Deaf Studies lecturer in 2002. She is a valued member of staff, and is committed to excellence in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies. Nicola ranks as one of the UK's highly respected Deaf academics.

Nicola’s teaching on the British Sign Language and Deaf Studies programme ranges from undergraduate through to postgraduate modules, and she is currently involved in introducing students to the discipline of Deaf Studies via a module on the foundation entry course at UCLan. Nicola’s research interests are mainly in the field of applied linguistics in the context of language teaching and learning. She has focused on the effects upon BSL users of being taught through their native language, and, more recently, her interest has expanded to incorporate student motivation and the pedagogic issues associated with the learning of advanced level features of British Sign Language.

Nicola has continually developed her academic credentials, gaining certificates in BSL Linguistics and Advanced BSL Teaching from City University, London and the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & learning in Higher Education at UCLan. She is a qualified Assessor for externally based National Vocational Qualifications in BSL and she has also gained the highest possible academic level of achievement in her own preferred language, BSL. Nicola completed her doctoral research programme, focussing on conflict amongst Deaf and hearing BSL users in the workplace. She was awarded her PhD qualification in 2017 and continues to research in this, and related areas.

  • PhD Social Science, University of Central Lancashire, 2018
  • AFHEA Professional Recognition Certificate, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2006
  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching British Sign Language, City University, London, 2006
  • Certificate in British Sign Language Linguistics, Parts 1 and 2, City University, London, 2005
  • Assessor's Certificate A1, Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People, 2005
  • British Sign Language NVQ Level 4, Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People, 2004
  • BA (Hons) Deaf Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2003
  • Golden Roses Lecturer of the Year Award, University of Central Lancashire, 2014
  • Intercultural Interaction
  • Intercultural Conflict
  • Topographic Space in Sign Languages
  • Sign Language Pedagogy
  • Member of British Deaf Association
  • Member of Association of British Sign Language Teachers and Assessors
  • Member of the NHS Support Commission Unit (North) Improving the Quality of Interpreting Services in Primary Care
  • Member of Deaf Academic Consultation Group
  • External Activities
  • Extra to her UCLan teaching and curriculum responsibilities, Nicola has also acted as external examiner for BSL and Deaf Studies programmes for the Llandrillo College, Wales, for the University of Durham, for the University of Manchester and for York St John University. She is a member of Deaf Academics UK, and has presented at conferences in the UK and abroad for this organisation and its international section. Her involvement with the British Deaf Association includes the organisation of events and meetings, both academic and social.