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Support for deaf students at UCLan

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.

We are the UCLan sign language interpreting team. Maureen, Kath, Babs and Cheryl.

We are all university staff and work full-time during term time. We are part of Student Services and work on the Preston Campus, from Foster Building Room 119. We provide a service for Deaf BSL users to support them in their journey towards achieving success in their chosen studies. We are all qualified to Post Graduate level and have wide knowledge and experience of interpreting in a full range of both theory and practice based subjects. Because we are based in the university, we are able to provide a flexible service and to work closely with management, tutors, and the Inclusive Support Coordination Team (ISCT) to continuously improve and develop the service.

Deaf or hard of hearing – advice for applicants and students

We work with a list of registered qualified freelance interpreters who support us in covering deaf student timetables and other university events. All UCLan open days, applicant days and graduation ceremonies are BSL interpreted each year. 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. You can book interpreters for anything extra to your timetable, for example, a 1-1 tutorial with a tutor, off campus events like field trips, or non-course related events such as a meeting with the Student Union etc. You can do this by sending a text message and/or email directly to the ISCT. Over the years, UCLan has been a popular choice for many Deaf students from all over the UK, as well as internationally from countries like Germany, Uganda, and India etc. We have a good reputation and our Deaf students achieve some excellent results with some students having gaining First Class Honours and winning School Dissertation Prizes. Others have gone on to achieve postgraduate awards in MA by Research, MA (taught) MPhil’s and PHD’s or have moved into other professions.