Who am I?R.Bermingham Picture
I am a fourth year PhD student at Cambridge University in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. I conduct research into British Sign Language (BSL) motion event descriptions, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Before my PhD I did an undergraduate degree in English Literature at Durham University (2008-2011) and an MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics here at Cambridge (2011-2012). I supervise Cambridge University undergraduates on the courses Li3 Language, Brain and Society and Li15 First and Second Language Acquisition. Along with my colleague Lydia Vinals-Castonguay (from the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit), I arrange inter-disciplinary events for early career researchers (see here for more information). In May 2015 I organised a one-day interdisciplinary conference for early career researchers interested in the link between body and mind (the Cambridge Body in Mind Symposium).

I am currently working towards my Level 6 NVQ Certificate in BSL with Remark!. I originally became interested in BSL after taking modules at Durham University. Following this, I completed my Level 1 Award with Cambridge Deaf Association and then did my Level 2 Certificate with Sign Language Studies Centre. I passed my Level 3 Certificate with Remark! in March 2015.

I am particularly interested in the intersection of academia and policy and have run workshops on this subject (see here for more information). Between April and July 2016, I took part in an ESRC-funded fellowship at POST (the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) and produced a briefing on integrating health and social care. I am currently part of the Cambridge University ThinkLab, which is looking for new perspectives on university policy.

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