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Ricci Collins

School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Ricci is an innovative and dynamic lecturer in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies. He previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for 3 years, from 2005 to 2008, as a research project officer, researching into the curriculum for teaching British Sign Language (BSL). Ricci has now returned to UCLan after teaching in a sixth form college for 10 years, which involved supporting deaf learners and learners with additional leaning needs to move towards the mainstream curriculum and to increase their employability potential. Ricci returned to UCLan in 2018 when an unexpected opportunity arose, and he was offered his first lectureship.

Ricci teaches a range of subjects across the BSL and Deaf Studies discipline, focussing mostly on ab initio learners of BSL and the teaching of communities, cultures and identities in society. He also focuses on the work placement opportunities for UCLan students and has recently taken on responsibility for supervising dissertation students. As an early-career higher education lecturer, Ricci’s teaching remit is developing rapidly and he is currently undergoing studies towards fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Ricci has also been involved in the innovative lecturer apprenticeship scheme that has been rolled out across higher education institutions in the UK and he is about to complete his first year of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Ricci is currently using his previous experience of supporting students in developing their employment potential to develop the employability skills of his students at UCLan. 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 UCLan 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. The unfortunate Covid-19 situation has exacerbated the need and demand for video communications that enable sign language discourses to take place, and Ricci has been innovative in producing and distributing signed resources across the internet.