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iSLanDS celebrates the graduation of PhD student Rita Huhua Fan!

23 July, 2019

iSLanDS PhD student Rita Huhua Fan has celebrated her graduation at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (Wednesday 17 July).

Rita’s innovative research was linked to our deaf literacy project in India, and her thesis is titled: ‘An e-learning ecosystem for Deaf young adult learners’ English literacy attainment’. She was supervised by Ulrike Zeshan, Nick Palfreyman and Daniel Waller (Head of UCLan’s School of Language and Global Studies).

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Dr. Huhua Fan (Rita) is joined by two of her supervisors, Ulrike Zeshan and Nick Palfreyman.

We asked Rita to share her impressions with us on this momentuous occasion. She said: “It has been a great pleasure to attend my graduation ceremony at UCLan today – a real once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

“I’m grateful for the companionship of my supervisors and friends at this rewarding and special moment, as they have been extremely supportive during my PhD journey. I’ve also enjoyed catching up with former colleagues at iSLanDS: I’m proud of what they have achieved in the field of Deaf education and sign language research.”

She continued: “iSLanDS remains a leading institute for innovative research, and I am deeply honoured to study with this outstanding team.”

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Staff and friends of the iSLanDS Institute celebrate with Rita!

All of the staff at iSLanDS would like to take this opportunity to wish Rita the very best – she has been working at UNESCO for two years, and we are sure she will continue to have an interesting and fruitful career!

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