In a bid to be more inclusive at their democratic events, the University of Manchester Student Union took a vote at the first meeting of 2018 to ban clapping at their meetings.

They have chosen to instead promote the use of the British Sign Language (BSL) action of clapping or jazz hands to replace the noisy tradition of cheering and clapping. The thought behind this move is to be considerate of those who have anxiety and sensory issues.

A spokesperson for the University of Manchester Student Union told ITV News: “[clapping] has not been banned, it won’t be policed, there’s no penalty”, instead BSL clapping would be “encouraged to make democratic events more inclusive”.

The BSL action for applause is:

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