Thursday 25 April 2013 – University of Leeds Careers Evening


Thursday 25 April 2013
5.30– 6.40pm Parkinson Building, 1.08

The Diversity of Language Services
What kind of jobs are there for freelance and in-house linguists in international organisations and EU institutions?

Come along and find out about what jobs linguists do in the wider professional world

The Centre for Translation Studies is hosting a delegation of representatives from the UN (General Assembly), UN (African Union), ), European Space Agency, European Patent Office, and EU language services who will be talking about the work of linguists in their organisations.

Registration is obligatory. Please contact Nathaniel Elcock to register (

Careers in Interpreting and Translation Day 20/02/2013

The sixth major National Network for Interpreting (NNI) and Routes into Languages collaborative event took place in Leeds on 20 February 2013. The purpose of the day was to raise awareness of the range of varied and exciting career opportunities open to linguists, especially in interpreting and translation domains, and to inspire young people to continue studying languages at all levels.

About 150 Leeds and regional university students attended the event. The feedback was very rewarding. Participants commented that the event was a real eye-opener for them in terms of interesting career opportunities. They were particularly reassured by the career paths of the alumni.


10 April 2013, Careers in Language Conference – Bath

Interested in using your language skills in your career? Routes into Languages would
like to invite any 6th form and university students studying languages or with a
knowledge of foreign languages to attend our 2013 careers day hosted by Bath University.

Speakers from the United Nations and European Commission will give an in-depth
presentation on life as a translator and conference interpreter with live interpreting
demonstrations. All attendees will have the chance to take part in a professional editing
and proofreading workshop, as well as sit in on a mock-conference. There will be an
opportunity to talk with keynote speakers and staff during the coffee break and ask any
questions you may have.

10 April 2013, Careers in Language Conference – Bath

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.

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.

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!

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.