Discover UCL: A Summer School for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The Discover UCL Summer School is an exciting opportunity exclusively for D/deaf and hard of hearing students in year 11 and year 12. The summer school is a three day residential programme that gives you the chance to find out more about UCL and stay in university halls of residences for two nights.

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About the programme

The programme is being delivered in collaboration with The Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre, based at UCL. You can find out more about DCAL here.

The summer school consists of a variety of academic taster sessions to give students an idea of the different courses that can be studied at university. We will also have group sessions on student support, including; writing UCAS personal statements, student finance applications, as well as general support available (BSL interpreters, note takers, etc) and, more importantly, how participants can access it.

Students will meet D/deaf and hard of hearing graduates who will tell them what they need to know about university, and what they are up to now. All of our sessions will take place on the UCL campus, in the heart of central London.

In the evening, we have arranged some fun activities in London. Trips could include a visit up The Shard and a visit to a Signed West End Performance.

For more information on the Summer School, please click here for our leaflet

Support Provided

We want to make sure that students' time at UCL is enjoyable and fun, so it is important that you are aware of the support that we can provide during your stay with us.

Two British Sign Language Interpreters will work on the summer school each day and we will provide staff who know British Sign Language in the evenings and overnight. Although we won't be able to provide individual note-takers, we will provide a palantypist during lectures and will ensure that participants have access to printed resources for all of the sessions.   


The Discover UCL Summer School is open to D/deaf or hard of hearing students (home UK only), currently studying in Year 11 or Year 12 at maintained schools or colleges in the UK.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2015 summer school are now open. Please use the online application form.
Alternatively if you require a paper form please contact Farhana Ghaffar: f.ghaffar@ucl.ac.uk | 020 7679 2035

Deadline for submitting applications: Midnight 22nd May 2015

Please note that if the summer school is oversubscribed will the following criteria will used for eligibility: 

  • Will be the first person in your family to attend university.
  • Have achieved/be on track to achieve 5 A/A*s at GCSE.
  • Be on target to achieve UCL’s minimum grade requirements for the course that they are interested in applying to.
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education.
  • Are taking relevant subjects in relation to the subject that they are interested in studying.

Quick Facts

  • The summer school is only for D/deaf or Hard of Hearing students
  • The summer school is free of charge to attend
  • UCL will cover the cost of your travel, two nights accommodation, all meals, and refreshments.
  • It runs from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 August, 2015.
  • There are 15 spaces available for year 11 and year 12 students
  • You must have 100% attendance on the summer school

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