Deaf Direct & the University of Wolverhampton
|On Monday 14th December, Tessa Slaughter (Senior Interpreter) attended a meeting at the University of Wolverhampton. This was part of their six yearly review of their deaf studies and interpreting programmes, and Deaf Direct were invited to attend with two other representatives of external stakeholders. Tessa was the only representative for the deaf studies and interpreting programme; the other areas being reviewed included social policy and sociology.
For many years Deaf Direct have hosted a work placement student from the BSL/English interpreting degree. We have in the past also supported deaf studies students with their research. Several of our staff interpreters are graduates from the university, and we have strong links with the university. It was a recognition of this relationship that Deaf Direct were invited to attend this important review.
The University is our closest higher education establishment offering courses specifically for and about deaf people. It runs the only undergraduate programme for interpreters that can lead to full qualification status – RSLI – for students achieving a first class honours degree. Deaf Direct are privileged to be able to work closely with the University to support students with their professional development. Ultimately this benefits the Deaf community, as we have more skilled professionals able to work in this sector.
The review panel were keenly interested in the perspective of external stakeholders and Tessa felt our input was positively received.