UEA British Sign Language Society
New members: once you have purchased your membership, please request to be added to the 2021/22 members Facebook group for up to date info on sessions and socials using this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/239459351407472/
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. This year we have paired with buddySU to offer targeted support for this. All members of our teaching team and committee have passed and completed a qualified course from DeafAware, and attended extensive SU training for inclusion and diversity.
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 £7 membership is for the full academic year, it includes all of our events and weekly sessions. Hoodies and sweatshirts will be made available throughout the year from Birds of Dereham: https://www.birdsofdereham.com/shop/category/british-sign-language-700/
When do we meet?
We meet every Tuesday in person for taught sessions at 6pm. Occassoinally 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 deaf inclusion. 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 messenger is always open and you will be replied to instantly. A session timetable and weekly posts will be uploaded regarding what each week will cover. When you have a membership you will be invited to join the members forum.
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 deaf community and to meet friends for life. We maybask 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 deaf and hearing. A current topic that excites us and the deaf community is a potential upcoming GCSE. We welcome students, from undergraduates to postgraduates and from all ages and backgrounds.
Who are the 2021/22 committee?
President: Ollie Thornton
Vice-President: Jen Beale
Secretary: Mary Brant
Social Secretary: Kayleigh Skene
Treasurer: Zoe Balaam
Union Council Rep: Delaney Washington
First year Rep. Grace Thompson
Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity officer: Maisie Dennis
Health and Safety officer: Yewon Byun
Wellbeing officer: Delaney Washington
Fundraising and Events officer: Samantha Browne
Head of tutoring: Samantha Browne
Tutoring lead: Zoe Balaam
Tutor: Mary Brant
Tutor: Delaney Washington
Who are the 2022/23 committee?
President: Zoe Balaam
Vice-President: Samantha Browne
Secretary: Mary Brant
Social Secretary: Max Durrant
Treasurer: Joel Overton
Union Council Rep: Ollie Thornton
First year Rep. ---
Wellbeing officer: Christopher Thompson
Wellbeing officer: Darcey Hillard
Equality and Diversity officer: Lily Hyland
Health and Safety officer: Mia Read
Fundraising and Events officer: Izzy Morrey
Events and socials offcier: Jo Rawlings
Head of Tutoring: Samantha Browne
Youtube: UEA BSL
Facebook Group: UEA British Sign Language