Staff profile: Thaïsa Hughes

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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies (SSHiPS)


Lecturer: Interpreting: (British Sign Language [BSL]/English) and Deaf Studies/ Acting Course Leader Interpreting: (BSL/English) and Deaf Studies Plus Foundation

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323418



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MC Building
City Campus North


Thaïsa is an NRCPD* registered BSL/English Interpreter who combines teaching at the University with freelance interpreting in settings such as mental health, medical, training and development, local government and social services.

Thaïsa is also a trained QCF assessor.

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (2013)
  • QCF Assessor (2012)
  • NVQ Level 4 Interpreting (BSL/English) 2008
  • BA (Hons) Interpreting (British Sign Language/ English) (2006) First Class

Teaching interests

  • Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Translation Techniques and Strategies
  • Work Placement Supervision
  • Advanced British Sign Language for Interpreters

Professional body membership and roles

  • NRCPD Registered Sign Language Interpreter (Reg number 1004444)
  • Member of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (MASLI 000591)
  • Former Chair of the Midlands region of ASLI (Association of Sign Language Interpreters)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

Research interests

  • The use of technology in the training of BSL/English Interpreters
  • Sign Language Interpreters and Musicianship

Selected publications

  • The use of IPAD technology to give multi-modal feedback to British Sign Language /English Interpreting undergraduate students. Journal of Learning and development in Higher Education – Digital Technologies Special Edition (due December 2014)
  • Newsli: October 2014- Music and Silence
  • ASLI Conference Sept 2014- Tablet Technology as a medium for Professional Development Workshop
  • ASLI Conference Sept 2012 (Workshop presenter).
  • City Lit ‘Mind Your Language’ 2013 Conference April 2013 (Workshop presenter).

*The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People