Bridging the Gap 5: Looking forward together

This conference to be hosted at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh is the 5th in the Bridging the Gap series. The conferences were established to ensure that discussions about research ‘bridge the gap’ between academia and the British Deaf Community. They aim to encourage collaboration and discussion between (deaf and hearing) academics and deaf people.

Previous conferences:

2014 – UCLan, Preston: Bridging the gap: Are Deaf and hearing collaborations in academia really working?

2014 – York St John University: Community engagement in Deaf Studies

2015 – University of Manchester: No research about us without us

2016 – University of Brighton: Community engaged research design

See for more information about previous conferences.

The 5th conference will take place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017 and the theme is ‘Looking forward together’. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about setting a research agenda in a fun and slightly different way. We will also work together to draft a manifesto for research with the British deaf community.

We would like to encourage as many local Scottish deaf people to come along as possible – so please promote the information about this event through your networks!

The languages of the conference will be BSL and English. Interpreters will be provided.

Maximum number of places: 150

Registration to attend the conference is free. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Click here to register:…

Preliminary programme:

Saturday 25th November
10.00-10.15 Welcome & overview of BTG conferences, Nicola Nunn, UCLan
10.15-11.15 The BSL (Scotland) Act: An example of deaf and hearing people working together to influence policy
Hilary Third, Scottish Government & Frankie McLean, Deaf Action
11.15-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Dragon’s Den in BSL: What research would you do with £2 million?! Dr Jordan Fenlon, Heriot-Watt University
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-4.00 Let’s get creative: Exploring how deaf community members & academics feel about working together Dr Annelies Kusters, Heriot-Watt University

Sunday 26th November
10.00 Welcome back, Dr Steve Emery, Heriot-Watt University
10.15-10.30 Creating a manifesto: An overview, Dr Dai O’Brien, York St John University
10.30-12.00 Creating a manifesto: Workshops Various (3 groups)
12.00-12.45 Feedback, Dr Dai O’Brien, York St John University
12.45-1.00 Closing, Nicola Nunn, UCLan

To View video click: Bridging the Gap 5

This video is about Bridging the Gap 5, to take place at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 25-26 2017

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