At QMU, we are highly committed to protecting and promoting British Sign Language (BSL). As a university which teaches BSL, we aspire to lead the way in terms of responding to the Scottish Government’s BSL (Scotland) Act 2015.

We aim to provide a BSL-friendly culture, building on: 

  • our experience  of supporting BSL users as students and staff;
  • the in-house expertise we have as providers of an MSc programme for registered BSL/English interpreters;
  • our ongoing work developing further opportunities for BSL awareness-raising at undergraduate and postgraduate levels,  through the employment of a part-time lecturer who is a BSL user. 

Our BSL Action Plan

Our BSL Action Plan is central to our work in protecting and promoting BSL.  We are committed to an action plan that is ambitious, responsive, builds on our progress and which is continually shaped by national initiatives, local needs and the priorities of BSL users. Our actions will be embedded into our Inclusive Learning and Teaching Materials Policy and we will continually seek feedback from students and staff, through informal and formal mechanisms. Please visit our BSL action plan document here and visit our BSL videos here.

Commenting on our Draft BSL Action Plan

We warmly welcome comments on our Draft BSL Action Plan. You can comment in English by emailing E: or you can comment in BSL by sending a video message via the QMU BSL Facebook page  If you would like to comment, please do so by 27th August. We intend to publish our final BSL Action Plan by October in line with the Government’s guidance.