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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.

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


BA (Hons) (Oxon) - Experimental Psychology;

PgDip - BSL/English Interpreting & Translation;

MRes - Health and Social Care

Supervision information

Professor Alys Young

Dr Garry Squires

Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • sign language
  • deaf
  • Social Networks


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