Nicola Nunn

Nicola Nunn

Senior Lecturer in British Sign Language & Deaf Studies

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3103

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

Full Profile

Nicola joined the UCLan Deaf Studies team as a lecturer in 2002, after many years working in the Deaf community, promoting and teaching BSL and actively raising awareness of the Deaf community. Since qualifying as an FE teacher in 1996, Nicola has continued to develop her academic credentials, recently gaining certificates in BSL Linguistics and Advanced BSL Teaching from City University, London and the Postgraduate HE Teaching Certificate at UCLan, and she is a qualified Assessor for BSL NVQs. Nicola has also gained the highest possible level of achievement in her own preferred language, BSL, and is currently researching towards her own M.Phil/PhD.

Her teaching ranges from British Sign Language and Deaf Studies through to postgraduate modules, and she is currently responsible for introducing students to Deaf Studies via her module on the foundation entry for Deaf Students (FEDS) course. 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 British Sign Language users of being taught through their native language, and, more recently, her interest has expanded to incorporate psycholinguistic aspects of student motivation and the neurolinguistic issues associated with the reception of information via visual modes.

BA (Hons) Deaf Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2002
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2004
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, 2005
British Sign Language NVQ Level 4, CACDP 2004
SD2 – Professional Recognition Scheme


Cross-cultural collaboration within Deaf Studies departments – what does Deaf Academics mean, in practice? International conference of Deaf Academics, Stockholm, Sweden.

Deaf Skills: DWP Sign On-Line conference, Walsall, UK

Moving on with language; DWP Sign On-Line, UCLan, UK

1999 (with C Laugesen)
Deaf Awareness Handbook; for Deafway, Preston, UK


Nicola is currently involved in research for her MPhil in Social Science: United or Divided? Co-existence and Conflict among BSL Users; in this she is focusing upon cross-cultural communication among academic BSL users (Deaf and hearing) in higher education environments.


Nicola is involved in teaching British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies on its full range of undergraduate to postgraduate courses. As well as teaching BSL as a language, she also runs related study modules such as the Development and History of BSL and Narrative Styles in BSL. As course tutor for the BA (Hons) British Sign Language, Nicola is responsible for guiding its current students through to graduation; in addition, she is also responsible for the Graduate Diploma in British Sign Language and Communication. As well as these, she teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting, and on the BSL teacher training courses.

External Activities

Extra to her UCLan teaching and curriculum responsibilities, Nicola also acts as external examiner for BSL for the Llandrillo College, Wales, and for the University of Durham. 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.