I’m Emmanouela Terlektsi. I’m a lecturer in deaf education and the lead of the hearing impairment programme. This programme has been offered by the University of Birmingham since 1986 and currently we’re the largest course provider in the country. We offer three programmes. We offer the post- graduate diploma, mandatory qualification. This programme is for teachers who are already qualified who have the QTS or the QTLS and would like to further qualify with us to get their teachers of the deaf qualification. We also offer a postgraduate diploma non mandatory route. This programme is designed for professionals who are not qualified teachers. For example, teaching assistants or communication support workers who would like again, to gain further experience and skills working with deaf children. We also offer a third programme which is a masters in education. Students who have successfully finished the two years of the postgraduate diploma, they can then transfer to do an extra year to submit a research proposal and dissertation. Both postgraduate diplomas are two years. They are both offered at a long distance route. One of the highlights of our programme is a residential week. Students come here in Birmingham one week every year. Why is this week exciting? Well, students have the opportunity not only to interact with their fellow students but also to gain hands-on practical experience on a range of subjects. Our programme is offered on a rotation basis. So basically our year one and year two students are studying the same modules at the same time. We offer four taught modules. These are ‘Language and Communication’, ‘Educational Management’, ‘Educational Audiology’, ‘Deafness and Development’ and these modulus are assessed by written assignments. We also offer an extra module which is called ‘Teaching and Learning in Education’, Which is assessed by a range of tasks and activities which the students submit at the end of the second year of the study. For the students who are doing the postgraduate diploma mandatory qualification, they need to undertake a teaching placement module. Our students study at their own time and all the materials are uploaded in a virtual learning environment. Our students are also supported by regional tutors across the country and they have a regional seminars either twice a term, three hours long or once a term six hours long, usually on a Saturday. I have to say that I’m really enthusiastic about the programme and I’m really confident that with the support of the university team and of our tutors, we can really raise the bar of deaf education.