School of Psychology and Humanities
Ricci is an innovative and dynamic lecturer in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies. He previously worked here for 3 years, from 2005 to 2008, as a research project officer. He researched the curriculum for teaching British Sign Language (BSL). After working in the FE sector with deaf learners and learners with SEND support needs, Ricci returned to us in 2018 and is now a Senior Lecturer.
Ricci teaches subjects across the BSL and Deaf Studies discipline. He focusses mostly on ab initio learners of BSL and the teaching of communities, cultures and identities in society, and sign language literatures. He also focuses on work placement opportunities for students and has recently taken on responsibility for supervising dissertation students.
As a Senior Lecturer, Ricci’s teaching remit is developing rapidly, and he has been a personal tutor for the last four years. He is fully committed to supporting students in a smooth transition into higher education and a successful and enjoyable degree journey. Having completed his first year of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, he is currently undergoing studies towards a PhD.
Ricci is currently using his previous experience of supporting students in developing their employment potential to develop the employability skills of his students here. His expertise in this area is being used to embed employability skills into his teaching, particularly in relation to the work placement module, for which he has responsibility. He is passionate about concurrent teaching and learning practices and believes that this increases students’ employment prospects and gives them some insight into the world of work, preparing them for the transition to employment after graduation.
Ricci has been involved in several student exchanges and field trips, travelling abroad with our students to expose them to different sign languages and different Deaf cultures. Ricci’s experience has shown that, as a necessary addition to classroom learning, international trips broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of other languages and cultures, and teach them the importance of accepting and understanding diversity in Deaf communities. Ricci has also developed a keen interest in advancing technologies, particularly video technologies, for dissemination of information through sign language. He has recently been involved in an international Erasmus+ project, focussing on Deaf museums, and contributed to the SignTeach Online project, developing innovative ideas in the teaching of sign language online.
- PGCert Academic Practice (Teaching and Learning), UCLan, 2019-2021
- BA (Hons) Deaf Studies, UCLan, 2004.
- Golden Roses Nominated Lecturer of the Year, UCLan, 2020, 2022, 2023
- Fellow of AdvanceHE, 2021
- Associate Fellow of AdvanceHE, 2019
- Ricci has a keen interest in sociolinguistics and is developing his research interests in the sociolinguistics of Deaf communities, in particular. This includes preliminary research into social sensitivity in the BSL lexicon, linguistic purism and the effects of mental imagery on signed interactions. He has a particular interest in the individual’s adaptation and modification of sign language usage in different domains. Ricci also has interest and expertise in documentation of Deaf history and preservation of sign language usage.
- Fellowship of AdvanceHE status
- Chair of the Old Heathlandian Association, a school alumni for ex-pupils of Heathlands School, where he contributes towards bringing Deaf people together to share their experiences as they journey through their adult lives
With his expertise in sociolinguistic aspects of Deaf community life and language, Ricci is currently working towards his MPhil/PhD. Through this doctoral programme, Ricci aims to analyse socially sensitive signs in British Sign Language, and the situational variation that influences their use.
He is paying particular attention to taboo in BSL and issues affected by linguistic purism. Ricci plans to publish in academic journals during his MPhil/PhD journey and is currently considering the social factors that influence or inhibit the use of socially sensitive signs.
Use the links below to view their profiles:
- Ricci’s research aims are encouraged by his involvement in UCLan’s research cluster group, Unit of Assessment 26, which will lead him eventually into the Research Excellence Framework level of academic writing and submission.
- BSL QED (British Sign Language: Quality Embedding of the Disciplinary), culminating in the development of a website that provides a curriculum guide and resources for the study of BSL at HE level – 2005-2008
- Deaf Museums Project – 2019-2022
- SignTeach Online – 2020-2023
- National Lottery Heritage Fund bid (2019) to conduct some research into the deaf community in Lancashire. This project aimed to document and preserve the lived experiences of deaf sign language users and was run in conjunction with the British Deaf History Society, a deaf empowerment group in Lancashire.
- UCLan Humanities A-Level Conference, Preston, 2023
- UCLan Humanities A-Level Conference, Preston, 2022
- UCLan Learning & Teaching Conference, Preston 2021
- 10th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference, online, 2021
- UCLan Learning & Teaching Conference, Preston 2020
- UCLan Learning & Teaching Conference, Preston 2019
- Deaf Culture and History Symposium by UCLan and British Deaf History Society, Preston, 2019
- European Network of Sign Language Teachers Symposium, Preston, 2019
- University of Central Lancashire's BSL & Deaf Studies' 25th Anniversary, Preston, 2019
- SIGN Workshop 'Cross-linguistic Sign Language Research (CSLR) at Max Planck Institution for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2007
- Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf and Deafblind People Symposium, London, 2006
Use the links below to view their profiles: