In 2008, Rose graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Deaf studies and linguistics, completing her dissertation on verb agreement across sign languages. Following this, she joined DCAL as part of a four-year funded masters and PhD studentship in association with the BSL Corpus Project. As part of her studentship, her MRes dissertation looked at number sign variation in BSL. She is now undertaking her PhD focusing on sociolinguistic variation and change in the BSL lexicon.