Frank J Harrington

Frank J Harrington

Senior Lecturer in Deaf Studies and Religion, Culture and Society

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH218

+44 (0) 1772 89 3107

Subject Areas: Deaf Studies, Religion, Culture and Society, Education, English and Linguistics, Languages and International Studies, Sociology

Frank Harrington is a Senior Lecturer, specialising in Deaf Studies and Religion, Culture and Society, and teaches on both programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a Registered Qualified BSL/English Interpreter, and his main areas of interest are Interpreting and translation Theory, Social Policy, Disability Studies, Moral Theology and Christian Theology. He is currently studying for a PhD in Roman Catholic Canon Law.

Full Profile

Frank Harrington first joined the university back in 1997, as a researcher on a HEFCE funded project exploring access to Higher Education for Deaf students, in particular in interpreter mediated classrooms. He became a full time permanent member of staff in 2000. He is a Registered Qualified British Sign Language (BSL)/English Interpreter, and has worked closely on the development and delivery of the MA/PG Dip in BSL/English Interpreting and Translation for over 15 years. He teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Deaf Studies programmes

Having previously studied for the Roman Catholic Ministry for 5 years, he is also involved in the delivery of the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Religion, Culture and society, specialising in Moral Theology, Sexual Ethics and Canon Law. He is currently reading for a PhD on the Roman Catholic Canon Law of Marriage.

In addition to his involvement in two degree programmes, Frank is also an experienced Equality and Diversity trainer, and has been involved in the design and delivery of various E&D programmes both within the university and for external organisations. He also has a keen interest in Social Policy, and has taught modules on this as part of the Deaf Studies programme in the past.

Outside of the University, Frank is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Registers for Communication Professionals with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), which is the national regulatory body for BSL/English Interpreters. He is also a Trustee of Preston Faith Forum. In addition, he is a keen musician, having studied Voice and Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. He has worked with a number of Choirs and Operatic Societies in the north west, and aside from singing and writing, he plays Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Piano and Percussion.


  • MA BSL/English Interpreting – Durham University, 1997
  • BA(Hons) Music – Birmingham Conservatoire, 1989
  • Graduate of the Birmingham Schools of Music – Birmingham Conservatoire, 1990
  • Certificate in Theological Studies – Birmingham University, 1985


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on both Deaf Studies and Religion, Culture and Society programmes



2005 Harrington, F.J. A Study of the Complex nature of Interpreting with Deaf Students in Higher Education. in Metzger, M. and Fleetwood, E. (eds) Attitudes, Innuendo, and Regulators: Challenges of Interpretation, Gallaudet University Press: Washington. 163-188

2004 Harrington, F.J. Book Review of Metzger, M. Sign Language Interpreting: deconstructing the myth of neutrality, in: Interpreting 6:1 (2004). Amsterdam, Holland. John Benjamins. ISSN 1384-6647

2003 Traynor, N. and Harrington, F. J. BSL/English Interpreting in Higher Education: is access to the university curriculum a reality for deaf students?, in: Gallaway, C. and Young, A (2003) Deafness and Education in the UK: Research Perspectives. London, England, Whurr. ISBN 1-86156-369-8

2002 Turner, G. H. & Harrington, F. J. 'The Campaign for Real
Interpreting'. Deaf Worlds 18, 2. 69-72. ISSN 1362-3125.

More publications


  • PhD in Roman Catholic Canon Law of Marriage


  • Register of BSL/English Interpreters
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Invited member of the Board of Trustees for NRCPD
  • Invited Trustee of Preston Faith Forum