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Congratulations to our 2015 MA and PhD graduates

28 May, 2015

We are delighted to announce that two of our postgraduate students have now completed their degrees. Our research fellow Nick Palfreyman has earned his PhD, and Paul Scott has achieved an MA by Research.

Paul’s studies centred on the Jordanian deaf community, with whom he has worked for a number of years, especially in educational contexts. His MA thesis is called ‘Development of peer education with deaf sign language teachers in Jordan’. The iSLanDS Institute is proud of Paul’s impressive and ground-breaking work.

Paul Scott, MA by Research graduate

Paul Scott, MA by Research graduate

Having spent almost a decade engaging with deaf communities in Indonesia, including undertaking extensive fieldwork in several locations in the archipelago, Nick focussed on their fascinating language for his doctoral thesis, which is entitled ‘Sign language varieties of Indonesia: A linguistic and sociolinguistic investigation’.

thesis NP

Nick commented: “I’d like to say a big thank you to my deaf Indonesian friends and to everyone else who has helped me over the past few years – in all sorts of different ways – to reach this point. This is only the beginning of research on Indonesian Sign Language, and I look forward to seeing many more interesting research findings in future.”

PhD graduate Nick Palfreyman delivering a workshop in India

PhD graduate Nick Palfreyman delivering a workshop in India

Professor Ulrike Zeshan, director of iSLanDS, added: “The research and community-based work of Nick and Paul aptly illustrates our continuing commitment to capacity building in the global south, and we wish both of them the greatest success as their graduation this year leads them on to further professional and academic opportunities.”

Please join us in congratulating Paul and Nick on their very well-deserved achievements.

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