British Sign Language

Draft British Sign Language Plan for Edinburgh Napier University: Consultation

Edinburgh Napier University is developing its plan for British Sign Language in line with the actions identified in the Scottish National Plan 2017-2023. We would like your help to make sure we get it right. Please feedback on our draft plan and help us shape its development.

About the project

The Scottish Government passed the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act in 2015 and it has stated that “The Scottish Government wants to make Scotland the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit”.

Scotland’s first British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan as required by the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 was published in October 2017. This requires us to publish our own institutional plan.



Primary Goals

Action Plan

1. Increasing access to services for BSL users

2. Training

3. Using our curriculum and research strengths to help deliver the National Plan

4. Monitoring and evaluation

Working group

To create our plan we set up a working group. This has been convened by our Director of Information Services and supported by the Head of Student Wellbeing and Inclusion. Members of the group have come from across the University and our Student Association and included staff representing key University services as well as academic colleagues. We also had great help from Deaf Action who have provided us with feedback and support. Their Participation Officer also joined our working group.

This working group commenced its work earlier this year and has produced a draft plan which we are now publishing. A full plan will also be published by the end of October 2018.

You can view the draft plan here.

Summary of Plan’s Primary Goals

Our Primary Goals are to:

  • adopt an informed, participative and institution-wide approach to implementing our plan;
  • build on and develop our existing approaches in support of BSL users – all prospective and current students and staff;
  • improve and diversify our methods of communicating with BSL users;
  • increase and improve access to information, advice and guidance for BSL users;
  • contribute to national plan objectives where we identify synergies with our research and teaching.

The University’s Inclusion Committee will take an oversight role and ensure our plan is implemented. It will receive annual updates and provide feedback on our progress as we deliver the plan. Responsibility for the on-going delivery of the plan will be assumed by a BSL local plan delivery group.

At Edinburgh Napier we have extensive experience of supporting staff and students who disclose a disability and this includes those who apply to study here from the Deaf community. The production of this draft plan has assisted us to reflect further on what we need to do across the University to continue to develop our capacity to deliver inclusive approaches to learning and teaching and to meet the needs of BSL users.

Have your say

We would like to invite feedback on our draft plan – and in particular feedback is invited from members of the BSL community. To provide feedback please contact our designated lead officer:

Mark Wilkinson, Head of Student Wellbeing and Inclusion:

Contact address:

Edinburgh Napier University
Sighthill Campus9
Sighthill Court
EH11 4BN 


BSL users can also contact us via contact SCOTLAND-BSL, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting service.

Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website.

The deadline for feedback is Friday 5 October 2018.