British Sign Language


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UEA British Sign Language Society


Who are we?

We are an award winning society ran by a group enthusiastic signers. Our society offers all students the chance to learn basic British Sign Language. We are a fun and 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. 

Student Transformation Award winners 2020 "Inclusivity and Access". We are proud to announce this award title to everyone interested in joining a society, who may be nervous that societies might not be for them! We are welcoming, humble and approachable group of students that encourage group working and making friends from the start.

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.£3 for one semester now available 

When do we meet?


We meet every Tuesday for taught sessions from 6 -7.30 pm on UEA campus – the first hour is for the beginners, where each session has a different topic such as food, animals. The last half an hour is for the intermediate session, where you can put your newly learned signs into conversational practice or to learn a song. Everyone is welcome to stay for the whole session and catch up video's are on the UEA BSL YouTube channel for an optional catch up so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out through studies, which always come first. A session timetable and weekly posts will be uploaded regarding what each week will cover.

We also 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. 

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 2018/19 committee?

President: Imogen Morley

vice President: pending 

Secretary: Lu Barret-Dye

Treasurer: Ellen Curran

Equality and Diversity Rep: Libby Hamling

Health and Safety Rep: Libby Hamling

Union Rep: Kash Hinds

Fundraising & Events: pending

Social secretary: Emily whitehouse

tutoring team:

Imogen, Libby, Ellen, Jas, Tej, Sophie, Catherine 

Contact Us:

Youtube: UEA BSL
Facebook Group: UEA British Sign Language
Twitter: @UEASignSoc
Instagram: UEASignSoc