British Sign Language (BSL) cafés

Person using the BSL sign for B

As part of our Athena SWAN and inclusiveness activities, SHW now hosts a monthly cafe-style event for staff and students interested in learning more about British Sign Language or practising existing BSL skills.

Led by Public Health's Lorraine Waddell, the aim is to provide an informal environment in which to explore BSL, whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced user, and to raise awareness of Deaf/deaf culture.

The dates of the the next few meet-ups, which will take place in Public Health, 1 Lilybank Gardens (Lecture Room 2 or 3) are as follows: 


Wed 26 Oct 12.30 to 1.30pm Book a place
Wed 23 Nov 12.30 to 1.30pm Book a place


Wed 25 Jan 12.30 to 1.30pm Book a place
Wed 22 Feb 12.30 to 1.30pm Book a place

Going forward, and once School of Health and Wellbeing moves to its new accommodation (the Clarice Pears building), we will be able to offer these sessions in a fully accessible space. (Please bear with us in the meantime – we realise our current accommodation is not ideal for inclusiveness.)

In addition to face to face meet-ups, we also have a MS Teams facility. Anyone with an interest in learning this language and/or in finding out more about Deaf/deaf culture is most welcome to join us either in person or online.