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!

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!

Routes into Language Careers – University of Leeds (24 February, 2009)

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All undergraduate and postgraduate students who completed a feedback form agreed the Routes into Language Careers event was both interesting and enjoyable and that it had encouraged them to consider a languages related career.


“The event gave me ideas about what to do after graduation and what is valued by employers”
“It was great hearing a short account of various jobs and being able to ask questions”
“I appreciated the advice on careers routes and the opportunity to talk to languages professionals”
“The discussion panels were good, especially listening to the alumni experiences that we could relate to”
“I enjoyed listening to the personal experiences of the people who spoke and was amazed at how vast opportunities can be and how far they can take you”
“The employers fair gave an interesting insight into what firms are looking for”
“The event allowed me to get to know a broader range of career possibilities with languages. It was encouraging to hear how much work there is out there.”


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E-learning tools in interpreter training – University of Leeds (21 November, 2008)

The University of Leeds organised an international conference on online resources and E-learning tools. The main aim of the conference was to disseminate e-resources produced by the NNI among partners engaged in interpreting training and to demonstrate to RC partners how the resources can be used in language teaching. In addition to RC partners the conference was attended by speakers and delegates from Higher Education Institutions including ETI (Geneva), ESIT (Paris), Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield and Middlesex University.

pdf file Read the report (PDF format, 165KB)

pdf file Access Clare Donovan’s presentation (PPT format, 252KB)

pdf file Read Clare Donovan’s presentation script (PDF format, 24KB)

Routes into Language Careers – University of Leeds (27 February, 2008)

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This is a 4’30” presentation of some of the highlights of this event which was organised mainly for school pupils and university students.

If you want to watch all the speeches which we filmed and broadcast live at the time, click on the tabs above:

  • Keynote speakers – session 1
  • Alumni panel 2
  • Keynote speakers – session 2

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Sally Reading

United Nations, Vienna

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Fiona Harris and Angeliki Petrits

Directorate General for Translation
European Commission

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Ruth Linden

The Regional Language Network
Yorkshire and the Humber

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The second alumni panel – speakers:
Aimee van Vliet
Debbie Elliot
Alice Tallents
Sarah Whitehouse


Unfortunately we do not have any video footage from the first alumni panel. We apologise for this. The speakers for the first panel were:

Catriona MacLeod
Christian Kuhrt
Christoph Roth
Rachel Taylor

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Helen Campbell and Alison Graves

Directorate General for Interpretation
European Commission and European Parliament respectively

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Discussion panel chaired by Brian Fox

Directorate General for Interpretation (Director)
European Commission


  • David Smith – Head of English Unit, Directorate General for Interpreting, European Commission
  • Helen Campbell
  • Alison Graves


  • Robert Avery – Defence School of Languages