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Deaffest 2022 Film & TV Awards: Winners Announced

11th May 2022

  Last weekend marked the 14th Deaffest, the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film and Arts Festival! This year’s nominated films are all available to be watched for free through the Deaffest Online Cinema, which you can access through their website until the 14th May. If you are unfamiliar with the event, it is a 3-day festival …

Signature Fee Update

25th Apr 2022

Signature annually review all our policies, regulations, and fees to make sure we continue to operate and provide the level of service expected by our centres and candidates. Over the last 2 years, throughout Covid, we have done as much as possible to provide support to our centres and learners to allow them to achieve …

NHS Launches Landmark Mental Health Campaign With ‘Help!’ From The Beatles

01st Apr 2022

The NHS has launched a new landmark campaign using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!” to get the nation taking better care of their mental health. Backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, the campaign encourages people struggling with their mental health to seek support. ‘Help!’, written by John Lennon in 1964, was credited by the …

Introducing the ‘Signature Hall of Fame’!  

28th Mar 2022

We are delighted to introduce the ‘Signature Hall of Fame’!   This is a one-off event, where we will come together for Signature’s 40th-year celebration, recognising those people who have gone above and beyond to improve deaf communication over this time.  Over the 40 years we have seen so many inspiring stories and people doing amazing things …

British Sign Language Bill passes final hurdle in House of Commons, as thousands of Deaf people gather to celebrate in Trafalgar Square

18th Mar 2022

A Bill to recognise British Sign Language (BSL) as a language of England, Scotland and Wales has passed unopposed by MPs this afternoon on its third and final reading in the House of Commons. The BSL Bill, which was brought forward by Labour MP Rosie Cooper as a Private Member’s Bill and has since gained …

Signature are proud to be supporting Sign Language Week 2022

14th Mar 2022

Signature is once again proud to be supporting Sign Language Week 2022, the campaign is run on an annual basis by the British Deaf Association (BDA).  The theme for Sign Language Week 2022 is: “BSL Brings Us Together”.  The aim of the campaign is to encourage people of all ages across the UK to take up …

National Careers Week 2022

07th Mar 2022

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. A Signature qualification can set you on the path to a number …

BSL Bill passes 2nd reading: UK Deaf community celebrates important step towards legal status of British Sign Language

29th Jan 2022

Deaf people around the UK are celebrating a vital step towards the legal recognition of British Sign Language (BSL), after the BSL Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons today. BSL is the first language of 87,000 Deaf people in the UK. The language was formally recognised by the UK government in …

John Walker announced as new Signature Chair

26th Jan 2022

Signature are delighted to announce that John Walker is to become our new Chair from March. John has been on the Signature Board of Trustees for the last 7 years and Vice-Chair for the last 6 years. John is a Lecturer at University of Sussex and is convening an undergraduate programme in British Sign Language …

Paul Keen to step down as Signature Chair

25th Jan 2022

In December Paul Keen, decided the time was right for him to step down as Signature Chair after 10 years. Paul has been a member of our Board of Trustees for 10 years, serving the last 5 as chair. Paul has overseen arguably the biggest challenge to face Signature over the last 40 years with …

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