The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Linda Watson, UK Editor

The year 2005 has been a very busy one for DEI. At the start of the year there was an increase in the number of issues per year from three to four. This was an important advance for the journal as it raises its status in the realm of academic journals, which in turn means that authors from throughout the world are more inclined to submit papers for publication. If you look back at the issues for 2005 you will see that they include papers from several different countries, giving readers the opportunity to gain a wider perspective on deaf education throughout the world.

A second change, which coincided with the increase in the number of issues, was the merging of DEI with the journal of AATD. Margaret Brown took on the role of Australian Editor, and several members of AATD joined the academic board. I met Margaret in London in June 2004, when I was continuing as Associate Editor and immediately felt that we would be able to work together.

The next change was unexpected. Colin Whurr, DEI’s publisher, informed us that he was retiring at the end of April and that John Wiley and Sons had purchased Whurr Publishers and would take over responsibility for publishing DEI. Although we had not anticipated the change, it soon became apparent that, whilst we were losing the ‘cosiness’ of a small publisher, there were advantages to a much larger publisher. Hopefully you will shortly be able to access DEI online, through Wiley’s interscience site. You can already get information by visiting This will be an exciting advance.

Clare Gallaway, who had edited DEI for almost 10 years, had already decided to resign from the post from December 2005. Clare now lives in France and is pursuing a new career as an artist. I had agreed to take over from Clare as UK Editor from the end of 2005, moving from my position as Associate Editor. When Whurr passed to Wiley, Clare suggested that she should step down a few months early and I agreed to take on the role of UK Editor immediately. Clare worked extremely hard for DEI and raised its profile and standing as an academic journal. She left it in a good position for Margaret and myself to take over as editors and drive things forward. I have heard from Clare since she gave up being editor and she is enjoying her new life (I can’t refer to it as retirement as she seems to be working really hard).

Shortly after all this activity, there was the International Congress on Education of the Deaf in Maastricht. It was a good opportunity to meet Australian colleagues and talk about the journal. As we talked it was evident that the journal is in good shape. We have manuscripts being submitted from all over the world and Margaret and I are optimistic that DEI will continue to go from strength to strength.