Rob Wilks

Rob Wilks
Cardiff University | CU · School of Law and Politics

Doctor of Philosophy
Deaf education, the impact of sign language recognition, the deaf-disabled and language minority dichotomy


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Citations since 2017
6 Research Items
14 Citations
Originally from Newport, I am a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user and teach through the medium of BSL. I was awarded a doctorate in 2020 by the University of Leicester exploring whether equality law is working for Deaf people and whether sign language recognition will achieve transformative equality. My specialist area of law is Equality Law and Employment Law.
Additional affiliations
July 2014 - September 2022
University of South Wales
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Responsible for the delivery of an effective teaching and scholarly experience within the Faculty of Creative Industries’ South Wales Business School by the delivery of professional, undergraduate and postgraduate law courses and actively engaging in applied research, knowledge transfer and income generation. Course leader for the PG Diploma in Legal Practice (Legal Practice Course) and LLM Legal Practice.
September 2014 - January 2020
University of Leicester
Field of study
  • Law


Publications (6)
Technical Report
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Having conducted a review of the impact of the Scottish national BSL plan on deaf education, in particular its issues, failures and successes, during Phase 1 of this project, the purpose of this report was to ascertain whether there is an appetite at government or local authority level for deaf children to be educated in either BSL-medium or biling...
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This report has been produced to contribute to the review of the first national BSL plan (National Plan), due October 2021, and to act as a discussion point for parents, teachers, organisations and deaf young people themselves about what changes the Act has so far made in relation to their education.
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As Sign Language Week 2021 is celebrated between 15 and 21 March 2021, Dr Rob Wilks, Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice at the University of South Wales, reflects on the progress towards a BSL Act for Wales.
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This thesis seeks to explore why equality law is not working for Deaf people, and what can be done to ensure that it does. In order to answer this research question, after a consideration of what evidence exists to suggest that Deaf people continue to experience inequalities, an attempt is made to ascertain why the framing of Deaf people as disable...


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Projects (5)
The current underpinnings of law are based on incomplete assumptions which need to be exposed. The aim is to produce an edited volume by various researchers that develop Deaf Legal Theory by exposing incomplete assumptions in various areas of law, and in the process develop Deaf Legal Theory as a discipline.
To disseminate the findings of my doctoral thesis to the Deaf community and to the wider academic community.