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19 February 2013 ~ Comments Off on NNI/CTS/SMLC Careers and Courses Event – Leeds University

NNI/CTS/SMLC Careers and Courses Event – Leeds University

This event is open to MFL undergraduate students from the region universities. Please contact N.C.Elcock@leeds.ac.uk for further information.

17 December 2012 ~ Comments Off on The NNI Director Dr Svetlana Carsten awarded the prestigious David Crystal Award

The NNI Director Dr Svetlana Carsten awarded the prestigious David Crystal Award

Congratulations to Dr Svetlana Carsten, the NNI Director, who has been awarded a prestigious award from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. The David Crystal prize is awarded annually by the Threlford Memorial Committee to an individual who has carried out significant work to foster the study of languages.

Dr Carsten who is affiliated with the Centre for Translation Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures and University of Leeds, was instrumental in setting up the internationally recognised interpreting programmes which are run by the Centre for Translation Studies.

The prize was presented by HRH, Prince Michael of Kent, at a ceremony hosted by the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London on 20 November 2012.

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21 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on 2012-2013 events now online

2012-2013 events now online

We’ve now updated all our events for the coming academic year! Click ‘Events’ under the ‘For students’ menu to find out what’s going on at our partner institutions. And of course, please get in touch if you would like to attend an event, or if you would like further information.

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21 May 2012 ~ Comments Off on 2012 Mock Conferences

2012 Mock Conferences

The 2012 season of NNI mock conferences at Leeds University is now over. Here are just a few comments from some of our attendees…!

“Thankyou for showing me the facilities available for interpreting at the university. Before viewing this conference I felt that interpreting was not something that I would wish to pursue in the future due to the need to immediately translate what is being said. However, I thoroughly enjoyed what I was able to listen to and now feel that it is something that I would wish to explore in the future. I have to say I did feel it would seem to last for a long time but the hour and a half that I did watch went really fast!”

“Thankyou for answering my questions and showing me all the facilities on offer. It has really helped me to decide what I may do in the future.”

“After the mock conference I attended last month, I would like to apply for the Masters course in interpreting and translation.”

NNI / University of Leeds mock conferences will start again at the beginning of 2013. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to come and experience simultaneous conference interpreting!

25 April 2012 ~ Comments Off on The National Network for Interpreting and the Centre for Translation Studies, Leeds 3rd International Organisations week, 16-20 April 2012

The National Network for Interpreting and the Centre for Translation Studies, Leeds 3rd International Organisations week, 16-20 April 2012

We were privileged yet again to host a delegation of conference interpreters from WTO, ICTY (UN), ILEA (Bangkok) as well as freelance interpreters working for EU institutions and other organisations. The purpose of the NNI/CTS activities was twofold. Firstly, CTS staff offered delegates English language enhancement workshops in order to improve their professional skills. In return, our visitors shared their knowledge and experience with CTS students focusing on the skills needed for work in international organisations and as freelance conference interpreters. The 2012 event was the follow up of a similar event in 2010 and 2011 and received a very positive appraisal.

One of the highlights of the week was the Outreach event on 19 April where the delegates participated in an open forum organised for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the School of Modern Languages and students from regional universities. The purpose of the event was to inform students about the diversity of the interpreting career, both in-house and freelance. About 50 students attended the forum. At the end of the event some undergraduate students commented that before the forum they had limited knowledge of a career in Conference Interpreting and how the forum helped them to get a better understanding of it.

09 March 2012 ~ Comments Off on Interpreting in the news

Interpreting in the news

New links in ‘Interpreters in the Media‘ with the latest national media coverage.

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24 February 2012 ~ Comments Off on Careers in Interpreting and Translation

Careers in Interpreting and Translation

Our ‘Careers in Interpreting and Translation’ event took place on 15 February at the University of Leeds. About 150 students, including undergraduates from regional universities, filled a lecture theatre to listen to employers and postgraduate alumni speak inspiringly about translation and interpreting from their own personal experience. Panellists ranged from staff of EU institutions, the UN and the British Refugee Council, to former students freelancing in interpreting, translation and subtitling. Attendees were able to ask questions of the speakers personally following the talks.

Straight after the event we began receiving very positive feedback from the participants, who felt the event had been a real eye-opener in terms of interesting career opportunities. They were particularly reassured to learn about the career paths of the alumni, and some have already been knocking on our doors seeking advice on professional language training. All in all, the event proved highly successful and most enjoyable for all involved.

The next NNI/NNT event will take place on 14 March at the University of Salford. See the events page or contact us for details!

02 November 2011 ~ Comments Off on Event for teachers of UG interpreting!

Event for teachers of UG interpreting!

Event for teachers of UG interpreting!

Our Training teachers of interpreting workshop took place on 9 November 2011 at the University of Leeds. Offered in partnership with LLAS, the session involved MFL tutors teaching, or interested in teaching, interpreting at undergraduate level.

With the growing demand for English mother-tongue interpreters in international organisations, many MFL departments are adding interpreting modules to their curricula. This has brought us back to a question high on the agenda a few decades ago; should interpreting be taught at undergraduate or postgraduate level?

Attendees were able to learn more about the difference between interpreting training at these levels, explore the skills undergraduates will need to progress to professional training and discover the effectiveness of interpreting as a language-learning tool.

24 March 2011 ~ Comments Off on NNI organises Careers Evening for languages finalists and postgrads

NNI organises Careers Evening for languages finalists and postgrads

On 31 March, from 5-6:30pm, the National Network for Interpreting hosted a delegation of high profile representatives from the UN, OECD, ILO, African Union Commission and EU language services. The visitors spoke to language students about the varied work opportunities their organisations hold for linguists.

The was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) at the University of Leeds. As well as offering careers talks (including an informal lunchtime session) to students from Leeds and neighbouring institutions, visitors benefited from CTS research staff members’ expertise, attending workshops to enhance their English skills and gain a deeper working knowledge of machine translation systems.

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21 March 2011 ~ Comments Off on For teachers: LLAS e-learning symposium

For teachers: LLAS e-learning symposium

For those who couldn’t attend the conference in Southampton, some excellent speakers were present; the NNI contribution along with all sessions can now be seen on the LLAS website.