Get Involved


The BSL Corpus team is looking for volunteers!

As a BSL Corpus volunteer, you can learn firsthand what is involved in conducting research in sign language corpus linguistics, using mainly the BSL Corpus and/or BSL SignBank. We often have other related projects in sign language linguistics more generally and/or gesture studies as well. By volunteering, you will gain valuable experience for a future or current research degree in these or related areas.  You will also receive training in any software needed to carry out the work (e.g. ELAN).

To apply you should have a degree (or be studying/planning to study) in linguistics, psychology, social sciences or a related area. Some knowledge of British Sign Language (BSL) is preferred. Deaf applicants are particularly welcome.  The placement may be full-time (minimum 2 weeks) or part-time (minimum 3 months), and hours are flexible. You must be 18 or older to apply.

International Non-EU applicantsplease note that due to changes in the UK home office restrictions, non-EU volunteers can only come to DCAL if they are a student at a University and only if they receive funding (we cannot accept self-funded overseas students) or if they are working as an academic at a University or similar institution. Please can you ensure that you meet these criteria before filling out an application.

To apply, fill in the DCAL Volunteer Application Form and return by email to . Make sure your application explains your interest in volunteering to work with the BSL Corpus.

Use the BSL Corpus for research

If you are a student or a researcher at university who might be interested in carrying out your own research project using the BSL Corpus data, please get in touch with us at: