Dr. Lutalo-Kiingi is a Lecturer at Kyambogo University in Uganda and the first Deaf African to hold a PhD in Sign Linguistics (UCLan, 2014). With more than 20 years of experience in Ugandan Sign Language (UgSL) teaching and research, he has been involved in the establishment of training programs in UgSL instruction (since 1994) and interpreting (since 2002) at Kyambogo University in Uganda.
In collaboration with the Host Institution, Heriot-Watt University, a first research project is developed on Ugandan Sign Language Interpreting. The project, which is titled ‘Professional Ugandan Sign Language interpreting (UgSLI) services: Evaluating an academic training programme and identifying challenges in practice’, aims to investigate gaps and challenges in UgSLI services in different domains of life.
The existing UgSLI Diploma course is evaluated and compared to training programmes at Heriot-Watt University and in the UK, while context-specific contents and challenges are reflected upon. At a time when the Diploma in Ugandan Sign Language Interpreting (UgSLI) programme at Kyambogo University (KyU) has been taught for over 15 years, with over 200 qualified UgSL interpreters, KyU is preparing for an upgrade into a Bachelor’s degree.