Dionne Marie ThomasBA (Hons) British Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Dionne started to learn British Sign Language (BSL) in 1999 at Liverpool Deaf Centre and got hooked! She progressed through the levels attending UCLan part-time for 3 years before doing an undergraduate degree in BSL in 2007, continuing onto postgraduate study to complete the qualifications for a career in sign language interpreting.
Now working as a fully qualified sign language interpreter, Dionne regularly works as an on on-screen translator for ITV Signpost and is founder of a community interest company which works with deaf entrepreneurs. She explains: 'It has been an amazing journey, which has taken over 12 years to become a reality. Despite having two children during the course of my studies and working within the Deaf community, I ploughed on to successfully achieve my PGDip in BSL / English Interpreting and Translation.'
'No two days are the same for me which I love. Since graduating my greatest achievement is working with ITV Signpost, which has been a dream of mine for around 15 years, and I'm really excited and pleased to have achieved this.'
'My advice to anyone thinking of studying would be to take opportunities that are available, be open to working in new areas and failure makes you stronger. The University offers so much support both during and after study that it would be impossible for nothing good to come out of your time at UCLan. Take up the challenge and see where it takes you.'