Frances is studying for a PhD at UCL Institute of Education under the supervision of Professor Chloe Marshall and Dr Robert Adam. This research examines the access provision for deaf students in higher education: Is the HE classroom accessible to deaf students? Read the blog post she wrote for The Limping Chicken outlining some of the issues.
Frances qualified as a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter in 2001 and recently achieved the Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) interpreter assessor qualification. Her master’s research considered the ‘th’ mouth gesture as a non-manual adverbial morpheme in BSL and can be found here: Lewin, D. & Schembri, A. (2011) Mouth gestures in British Sign Language (BSL): A case study of tongue protrusion in BSL narratives. Sign Language & Linguistics 14(1), 94-114.
Frances has taught English at all levels and also undertakes a small amount of proofreading work: academic assignments, business documents and web content.