Ms Claire Dodds

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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) ( 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

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • sign language, deaf, Social Networks

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