British Sign Language promoted by new plan

A plan to promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL) has been announced by the University.

It will support the wider use of BSL around the University and celebrate sign language as a culture.

The plan will recommend ways of improving life, study and work for deaf BSL users at the University.

BSL translation 

This short film presents this news page in British Sign Language.


Working group

A cross-disciplinary group has been formed to explore barriers to participation around the University for deaf students and staff.

The group will include representatives from the Student’s Association, the Centre for Open Learning, the Student Disability Service, Communications and Marketing, Human Resources, and external groups such as Deaf Action.

Staff from Moray House School of Education’s deaf education programme will also be involved.

Moray House also hosts the Scottish Sensory Centre – Scotland’s leading centre for educational, research and development activities relating to deaf children and young people.

The findings of the University’s first BSL initiative will be announced later this year.

National plan

Scotland’s first National British Sign Language Plan was published in 2017, by the Scottish government.  

The plan sets out 10 long-term goals for BSL in Scotland, covering early years and education; training and work; health, mental health and wellbeing; transport; culture and the arts and justice and democracy.

I am very excited at the University’s commitment to the BSL plan. The University already has a Gaelic Language Plan, and the BSL plan will try in a similar way to support and promote the language. We will look at employment, research, curriculum changes and access issues for deaf BSL users.

Rachel O’NeillMoray House School of Education lecturer and Chair of the BSL working group

The university's commitment to the BSL plan will raise awareness and break barriers that both deaf and hearing people face when collaborating. I look forward to bringing deaf and hearing people together in unity.

Poppy BowieMSc Transformative Learning and Teaching student, Student representative on the BSL Working Group


The University's British Sign Language Plan

British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan

Scottish Sensory Centre