UEA British Sign Language Society
Alumni, placement students (from other universities) and Staff that are interested in joining the society please contact the SU who will guide you on how to set up an account and purchase the standard membership.
Please use any of our contact details to let us know if you are having any difficulties or if you don't have access to Facebook.
Who are we?
We are an award winning society ran by a group of enthusiastic signers and learners. We are a fun, relaxed group that allows us to share our passion with others. No previous knowledge of BSL is required, the atmosphere is supportive non-judgemental and encouraging for new signers. We are accepting of all students, postgrads and mature students.
Student Transformation Award winners 2020 and 2021 "Inclusivity and Accessability society of the year". We are proud to announce this award title to everyone interested in joining a society, who may be nervous that societies and university might not be for them. We are a welcoming, humble and approachable group of students that encourage making friends from the start. Deaf awareness is promoted in everything we do, and hope to encourage this on and off campus as best we can.
Pick it up in your own time through our YouTube Chanel, advance at your own pace and find out how to gain a qualification in British Sign Language. For any information about qualifications please send us a message! For healthcare and students that request attendance certificates for CPD, message us for this to be arranged.
* Please note: Qualifications are not awarded in the society. *The standard £5 membership is for the full academic year, it includes all of our events and weekly sessions.
Hoodies and sweatshirts are available throughout the year from Birds of Dereham: https://www.birdsofdereham.com/shop/category/british-sign-language-700/ These can be ordered by members and will be sent to the uni. Committee will be in touch when they arrive to arrange for you to collect them. We will endevour to make a bulk order at some point during the year to save on shipping costs, however this is not guaranteed and there is no confirmed date for this yet.
When do we meet?
Thursday 6-7pm Lecture Theatre 4
We meet every THURSDAY in person for taught sessions at 6pm. Occassionally sessions may be delivered virtually, if preferred by the session tutor. We have tried our best to ensure the environment is as accessible as possible for all disabilities, hidden disabilities, learning difficulties and D/deaf inclusion - please feel free to message us if you have any specific access needs. Everyone is welcome to stay for the whole session and catch up video's are on the UEA BSL YouTube channel so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out through studies, which always come first. don't hesitate to ask questions throughout the sessions, or to hang around at the end to ask one of our committee members or tutors.
Please note our messages are always open (contact details below). Weekly posts will be uploaded regarding what each week will cover.
Before COVID we were able to meet casually throughout the academic year through local events such as Norfolk Deaf Festival, Disability Pride and society socials. Keep an eye out for these amazing opportunities and social events; these are opportunities to practice your signing within the D/deaf community and to meet friends for life. We may ask for your permission to be recorded and/or photographed for social media.
British Sign Language is used across the UK by over 150,000 people, both D/deaf and hearing. A current topic that excites us and the D/deaf community is an upcoming BSL GCSE. We welcome students, from undergraduates to postgraduates and from all ages and backgrounds.
Who are the 2023/24 committee?
Presidents: Zoe Balaam & Samantha Browne
Vice-President: Delaney Washington
Secretary: Hannah Clarke
Social Secretary: Trixie De Guzman
Treasurer: Thomas Hales
Union Council Rep: Ollie Thornton
First year Rep: Steven Whitear
Wellbeing officer: Christopher Thompson
Equality and Diversity officer: Monique Ndungu
Health and Safety officer: Steph Chambers
Events, Socials and Fundraising and officer: Alice Wilde
Events, Socials and Fundraising and officer: Elizabeth Cadell
Events, Socials and Fundraising and officer: Steph Chambers
Head of Tutoring: Thomas Hales
Youtube: UEA BSL
Facebook: UEA British Sign Language