Deaf pupils get a taste of university life
Press release issued: 17 January 2007
An exciting initiative designed to help local Deaf students enter higher education is taking place at Bristol University this week [Friday 19 January].
The pupils will get the opportunity to gain information and knowledge about the whole work and study experience at CDS and to find out what qualifications they need to access courses CDS provide.
They will also meet members of staff from CDS together with students already studying at Bristol and learn about Deaf culture.
The University’s CDS was Europe’s first academic institute to concentrate solely on research and education that aims to benefit the Deaf community.
Lorna Allsop, Director of CDS, said: “We are delighted to have children from Elmfield School visiting the Centre. One of the reasons for the visit is so that the children will be familiar with the University, see what opportunities there are and be inspired to study here when they are older. We hope these pupils will be our future students.
“We also want them to understand our role as a custodian of Deaf culture. One of our areas of work concerns Deaf folklore and history, which we hope to preserve for future generations so that they are conscious of their heritage.”
Mike Bullen, Year 9 Tutor at Elmfield School, added: "I am encouraging our students to think positively and creatively about their future choices.”
The visit by Elmfield School for Deaf Children takes place on Friday 19 January at Bristol University’s Centre for Deaf Studies, 8 Woodland Road, Bristol, from 9.30 am to 1 pm.