Students achieved this award through participation in the British Sign Language course, offered by the Skills Centre in partnership with external provider Signs4Life.

Claire Charlemagne, Head of Languages, said:

“I’m delighted that students and staff have embraced this wonderful opportunity to learn to sign. Not only is it a vital life and employability skill, but also a way to make a positive contribution to equality in our community. BSL is essential for approximately 12 million adults in the UK, including many in our University community, who are D/deaf, or have hearing loss. Congratulations to students and staff, and sincere thanks to our tutor, Janet, for facilitating such an excellent course.”

Abi Phillips, HR Deputy Director (Culture and Inclusion), said:

“Seeing staff and students take up this opportunity with such enthusiasm shows the dedication of our community to creating an equitable place for all to work and study. For D/deaf people and those with hearing loss being understood, listened to and included in University life is important. BSL is key for breaking down barriers and making this a reality. Bath aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment where all members of our community are welcomed, valued, and treated with dignity and respect. The Skills Centre providing this opportunity is an important way for us to make this happen.”

The Skills Centre offers a range of language courses and intercultural opportunities for students, staff and members of the public. For further information, please visit our Foreign Languages pages.