I have been a member of the SORD team since 2015, when I joined as a Research Assistant. I am currently undertaking a PhD on a part-time basis.
After graduating from the University of Oxford in 1994, I travelled extensively for several years. I became interested in Deaf people and signed languages whilst working at a school for Deaf children in New Zealand. On my return to the UK, I trained as a British Sign Language/English interpreter, qualifying in 2004. As an interpreter, I specialised in Higher Education settings and eventually found myself drawn back to academia, taking up a Research Assistant post with SORD at the University of Manchester in 2015, where I have been involved in several projects and consultations.
In 2018 I was awarded MRes in Health and Social Care with distinction and secured a part-time PhD studentship funded by the National Deaf Children’s Society as part of the READY study (Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth) (www.manchester.ac.uk/thereadystudy). My work involves exploring the social networks of young deaf people during transition to adulthood and how communication and understanding impact network formation and change.
BA (Hons) (Oxon) - Experimental Psychology;
PgDip - BSL/English Interpreting & Translation;
MRes - Health and Social Care
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
2004 - current: National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People
2012 - current: Member of Visual Language Professionals