British Sign Language Plan

News and Updates

Videos of news and updates provided in BSL.

 Student Support Fair: Friday 13th January 2023

The University of Edinburgh's Student Support Fair returns to McEwan Hall on Friday 13th January 2023. this event is an opportunity for students to attend and meet with staff from various central support services. A BSL/English interpreter has been booked for this event so if you require communication support then come along and find the interpreter at the DLSS stall. More information can be found on the dedicated Student Support Fair webpage.

Video: SSF BSL Edit Website Captioned
A lady wearing a grey top is signing in BSL to the camera information about an upcoming event, with the university branding as the background.



Older news

  • International Day of Sign Languages 2022

To celebrate International Day of Sign Languages, we share an update on how barriers faced by deaf staff and students in higher education are being identified and broken down. An Edinburgh Impact news piece has more on this: A sign of change

  • Welcome Week 2022: 12th - 18th September 2022

The University of Edinburgh has published a recording of Principal Prof Peter Mathieson's Welcome Ceremony 2022 which has British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and captions.

Principal's Welcome Ceremony 2022

  • Sign Language Week 2022:

Staff at the University of Edinburgh are pleased to be supporting Sign Language Week 2022, which runs between 14 - 20 March 2022! Please have a look at our dedicated webpage for a variety of videos, information and resources which might be of interest to you!



Screenshot from the Principal's Welcome Ceremony with Prof Peter Mathieson in the centre of the picture alongside the BSL translator in the bottom right corner. The Principal is smiling at the camera as he stands in McEwan Hall and at the bottom of the picture there are captions which read: 'individuals such as the Principal'
A screenshot of the Welcome Ceremony 2021 video with the University Principal Prof Peter Mathieson.

You can access the Welcome Ceremony 2021 with BSL translation by clicking this link.


  • An update from our BSL Officer, Alison, on some of the work that has progressed from the University's BSL Plan over the last few months.
Video: July 2021 update
Update of BSL Plan in BSL July 2021

Additional links:

BSL translations:

(published on 2nd August 2021)



Video: November 2020 update
BSL translation of updates on action points from BSL Plan.


Additional links:

(published 2nd November 2020)