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Support for deaf students at UCLan

At the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), we want to make sure that all students can access their lectures, seminars, tutorials and everything that our Preston City Campus has to offer, such as UCLan clubs and societies and student union events etc.

We have a dedicated team of inclusive support advisers who, once you have identified yourself as having a hearing loss or being deaf, will be able to support you through your time at university from Application to Graduation.

The following lecture theatres have recently been upgraded to the new Infrared Hearing System:

1. Adelphi Building TVI
2. Darwin Lecture Theatre
3. Greenbank Lecture Theatre
4. Harrington Lecture Theatre
5. Harris Building Lecture Theatre (HB155)
6. Mitchell & Kenyon Lecture Theatre / cinema
7. Vernon Lecture Theatre
8. Foster Lecture Theatre 2
9. Foster Lecture Theatre 3
10. Foster Lecture Theatre 4

Thanks to feedback and hard work of some of our students, all videos used on your course will be subtitled as standard, this is done by a dedicated team based in inclusive support.

Many of our staff at UCLan are already Deaf Aware, however once you are offered a place on a course, your department will be contacted and offered comprehensive training.

Once you’ve been to a Needs Assessment and our team identified as your interpreting provision, the inclusive support team will be able to see what support you require and work with you to make sure this is in place when you arrive at UCLan. This support might include, interpreters, note takers, language tutors, specialist equipment etc.

If you are a BSL User you will follow the same steps, however we have an in house team of interpreters who you will work closely with throughout your time at UCLan.

UCLan in-house BSL Interpreting Team

If you are a deaf BSL user and are thinking of coming to study, or already have a place on a course at the University of Central Lancashire, (UCLan), welcome to our web page about UCLan BSL/English interpreting services available to you. We take pride in being an inclusive university which is why UCLan have had staff employed as BSL/English interpreters since 1993. Deaf Awareness and Interpreting Awareness training is also available to staff across the university, once you accept a place on a course, we will contact your department and arrange any training required, though many departments within the university will have already worked with Deaf students.

We are the UCLan sign language interpreting team, (left to right) Kath, Maureen, Cheryl and Babs.



We are all university staff and work full-time during term time. We are part of Student Services and work at the Preston Campus, from Foster Building Room 119.

When you arrive at UCLan, interpreters will have been allocated for your timetable and you can expect two interpreters at the majority of your lectures. This support is in place from week 1 for the whole semester, you don’t have to worry! If you need to book an interpreter for any tutorials, group work, trips (which are outside normal lecture times) or anything else, you can either drop into Foster 119, email or text our in-house admin service who will reply within 24 hours.

Our team are dedicated to supporting you through your studies. From open days, where we always have BSL Interpreters available through to your Graduation Ceremony. We are all fully qualified interpreters and have reached Post Graduate level, between us we have a wide knowledge and experience of interpreting in a range of both theory and practice-based subjects.

Being in-house also allows us to work closely with students, lecturers and management and respond to feedback from BSL users so we can continue to develop and improve our service.

We work with a list of registered qualified freelance interpreters who support us in covering deaf student timetables and other university events.

When you arrive at UCLan, interpreting support will already have been booked for your Welcome Week activities and your classes in Semester One. The interpreter(s) will contact your tutors for preparation materials for your lectures and seminars.

Over the years, UCLan has been a popular choice for many Deaf students from all over the UK, as well as from countries like Germany, Uganda, and India etc. Deaf students from UCLan have achieved some excellent results with many students gaining First Class Honours and winning School Dissertation Prizes. Others have gone on to achieve post graduate awards in MA by Research, MA (taught), MPhil’s and PHD’s or have moved into professional careers.

Please take a look at the this factsheet for further details on we support deaf and hearing impaired students

Deaf or hard of hearing – advice for applicants and students