Saturday 8 September, 10am-4pm


Livesey House, University of Central Lancashire, Preston


Specialist Support Professionals here at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are hosting the first-ever UK-wide workshop specifically for SSPs working with Deaf students. We are excited that this is a chance for members of our often-isolated profession to come together as a group from across the country for the first time. Our aims for this workshop are to network; share good practices; explore professional dilemmas, boundaries and ethics; discuss recent scholarly research into our role; examine issues related to remote working; and talk about administrative concerns, including those associated with DSA-QAG.


Our draft programme includes the following:

  • Presentation by UCLan’s language support co-ordinator Lynne Barnes on her research into the work of language tutors/SSPs for deaf students
  • Small-group activity to discuss the SSP role (experiences, successes, dilemmas, highs, lows), followed by feedback to the whole group
  • Presentation about working remotely, by UCLan SSPs Laura Snell and Jenny Webster
  • Q&A about DSA-QAG issues
  • Large-group discussion about setting up an online/jiscmail forum and our next steps and/or future meetings


There is no fee for the workshop. We will have coffee, tea and biscuits available. Lunch is not provided, but Livesey House is centrally located in Preston with many places nearby to buy lunch, or you may prefer to bring your own lunch.


CPD certificates will be provided at the end of the workshop.

How to Register?

If you would like to join us, please email Lynne Barnes (lbarnes@uclan.ac.uk) to register your interest.  If you have any ideas for what else you would like the workshop to cover, please let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you in September.

Words by UCLan LTs/SSPs