Thin Blood Thick Water 2017-18, Flannery O'kafka, Fine Art Photography 2018

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Delivering our British Sign Language (BSL) Plan 2018-2024 

The Glasgow School of Art is a specialist institution for the visual creative disciplines. Internationally recognised, we value diversity in our students, staff, though, outlook and those we engage with, recognising that creativity thrives through diversity not homogenisation. 

Across all that we do, equality, diversity and participation are embedded in line with our approach to mainstreaming equality. Our approach to delivering our Plan, in response to the BSL (Scotland) Act, reflects this approach. It follows the BSL National Plan, published 24 October 2017, which was developed through extensive engagement with Deaf and Deafblind BSL users and those who work with them and GSA will contribute to national progress report in 2020. 

Our Plan is in two parts. Part 1 outlines the overarching principles as to how we will approach the development, operationalisation and delivery of our plan including the timeframe for consultation, approval and adoption. Part 2 provides an initial framework of the areas we will focus on in addressing the ambitions and spirit of the BSL (Scotland) Act. In some cases these actions will be explicit but in many cases they will be embedded in our existing activities and are already being delivered in many cases. This approach is appropriate to the size of the GSA, our embedded approach to equality and how we currently meet the individual needs of students and visitors. 

We have published our BSL Plan in draft format. It is available in print format (PDF) on this page or consultation and a BSL version is also available to view via Vimeo.

Download the draft BSL Plan (PDF document)
View the BSL version via Vimeo (video)


Our current Lead Officer for our BSL Plan is Director of Strategy and Marketing Scott Parsons s.parsons@gsa.ac.uk