I’m a postgraduate student, studying for a Master’s degree, and hoping to go on to do a doctorate and then to work as a lecturer and researcher. That alone is tough enough, as getting funding for studying and jobs is very competitive. To add to it, though, I’m also deaf.
The university I’m at, as well as my core subject, will remain anonymous. The intention of this blog is to not only give myself somewhere to write about my experiences in anonymity, but also to – hopefully! – encourage other deaf people. If you’re out there, deaf, and studying as an undergrad, postgrad, doctoral student, postdoc, earlycareer, later academic – I don’t care, if you’ve got something to contribute, please let me know! There’s definitely room here for other deaf people to write, and I can easily convert this to a group blog. My focus is naturally the UK but there is also room for people from other countries around the world to comment.
A twitter feed has been established to match this blog, and also a closed facebook group made up of deaf students. If you would like in, please email me to let me know. Apologies, but only for deaf students.
As my life gets busier (I have now decided on both my PhD topic and my MA dissertation topic, which are related – and am starting the reading and research for it all) I have decided that posts on this blog will be restricted to once per week, usually at the weekend. Unless something extraordinary happens which might generate an ‘OMG-This-can’t-wait-Post'(!) I am more active on the facebook group, however. Facebook is always good for distractions!
I should also add that this blog will have a linguistic amnesty. If other people write here, they may well use different words to describe their hearing loss and identity: please respect their choices. For myself; I am pre-lingually deaf, speak well and lipread well. I also use sign language and sign language interpreters: basically, I use anything that will give me a leg up on communication. In terms of identification, however, I don’t see myself as being culturally Deaf. I respect those that choose that identity, but I have never seen myself that way. The reasons are complex so mostly will not be described here.
If you would like to contact me directly please do so at deafstudentuk at gmail dot com. Thanks!