Rachel O’Neill University Of Edinburgh

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Rachel O’Neill University Of Edinburgh

Rachel O’Neill

Programme Director: MSc Inclusive Education / Lecturer

  • Education, Teaching and Leadership (ETL)
  • Moray House School of Education

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I have worked as a teacher in secondary, further and community education for 25 years before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 2006. I trained as a teacher of deaf children and an EAL tutor and used both approaches in my work in colleges with deaf students. At Edinburgh my main focus is researching deaf education and training teachers of deaf children. I work for the Scottish Sensory Centre for half a day a week. This involves working with a wide range of teachers, professionals, parents and d/Deaf people on policy issues about deaf education.

About SSC

Current Research Interests

  • deaf young people’s transitions to college, work and higher education
  • language modification as an access strategy
  • Language policy and British Sign Language in education
  • BSL glossaries and definitions for curriculum subjects
  • literacy and deaf learners

Collaborative Activity

Deaf Achievement Scotland: Nuffield Foundation funded project 2010-12 with Honorary Professor Marc Marschark: http://www.deafachieve.org.uk/site/

PhD research: How are texts modified for deaf learners and what views do mainstreamed deaf learners and their teachers have about these texts? Supervisor Prof. Sheila Riddell and Prof. Gary Morgan (UCL).

Assessing the feasibility of using digitised British Sign Language examination papers for deaf
candidates in Scotland, Cameron, A., Quinn, G. & O’Neill, R.


  • Postgraduate Diploma and M.Ed in Additional Support for Learning (Deaf Education)
  • Undergraduate: Ed3 Equity Inclusion and Diversity
  • Ed 4, Professional research in education