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Exclusive University Summer School is a 'Resounding Success'

13 August 2015, 12:00 am

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A top London university has for a second consecutive year, held a three day residential summer school exclusively for D/deaf and hard of hearing students from across the UK.

University College London ran its 'Discover UCL Summer School' - the only one of its kind run by any UK university - for 14 students from 10th-12th August. The innovative and award-winning programme, is exclusively for students in year 11 and year 12 and has been developed by UCL, the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) and the Widening Participation Team.

During the three days, the students took part in a variety of academic taster sessions and workshops - which included tips on writing a UCAS personal statement, applying for student finance and information on the specialist support available to D/deaf and hard of hearing students at university. There was also an opportunity for the students to take part in a Q&A panel session with current and former UCL students who are Deaf, in a bid to understand and learn from their practical experiences of university life.

One of the organisers of the summer school programme, Dr Manjula Patrick of DCAL, said:

"We have been really pleased to deliver yet another very successful summer school and I would like to thank all those people who actively took part in the programme this year.

"Having learnt from the inaugural scheme we implemented last year, we tailored this year's programme to fit the interests of the students attending, which included a number of interactive sessions with UCL museums.

"This year's itinerary also contained role model presentations to provide personal perspectives about university from deaf people, an advisory session on adapting to university life as deaf person, networking lunches to give the group and opportunity to meet a range of UCL staff, as well as the very popular Q&A session with past and present deaf students from UCL - which all the visiting students find invaluable.

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"Building on last year's success, we felt we had put together a comprehensive and varied programme this year and that was borne out by the extremely positive feedback we got from this group of exceptional students.

"I hope that the staff and students at UCL can continue to build on this strong platform next year and deliver a model which could be replicated for prospective D/deaf students at other universities across the UK."



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Notes to editors

1. The itinerary of this year's Discover UCL Summer School programme can be found here.

2. Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre is based at University College London. DCAL is a world-renowned centre of excellence for research on BSL. The centre brings together leading Deaf and hearing researchers in the fields of sign linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience. DCAL is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). http://www.dcal.ucl.ac.uk

3. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.

4. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research into the big social and economic questions facing us today. It also develops and trains the UK's future social scientists. Its research informs public policies and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. Most importantly, it makes a real difference to all our lives. The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government. In 2015 the ESRC celebrates its 50th anniversary. www.esrc.ac.uk