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.

NNI in print!

The NNI has recently been featured in two notable journals. An article appeared in the Autumn 2010 edition of the Scottish Language Review, reporting on our 18 June trainer and teacher event, ‘Engaging Tomorrow’s Interpreters’ (see Event Highlights section for more on this). Shortly after this the network was featured with a two-page article in the Chartered Institute of Linguists publication, The Linguist.

Thanks to all those who have supported NNI activity throughout 2010!

NNI at ALT-C 2010

ALT-C is the largest annual e-learning event in the UK attended by the crème de la crème of instructional designers and learning technologists (more than 500 of them usually), so it really is a big deal.

You can imagine how proud the NNI project was to be present at ALT-C 2010 with three (yes, you have heard us right: THREE) different NNI instalments:

Interpreting Skills Map @ ALT-C 2010

  • one demo of the Note -Taking multimedia interactive resource which was shortlisted for the Epigeum video award (yes, the diploma should say NNI instead of Dragos’ name and we were tempted to Photoshop it … 😉 )

  • a 30-minute demo of our resources and how we managed to make them so appealing, interactive, and media-rich (the demo started with the following short and funky presentation and then we looked at 7 of our most popular resources in more detail)

All in all, it was great fun and the NNI must have set some kind of a record: first time in with the big players and already doing lots of presenting and networking. Have a look at the resources on our website and see why we were so successful at ALT-C 2010.

NNI resource wins prestigious JORUM commendation

The National Network for Interpreting would like to thank all the members of the community who have voted for our entry in this year’s JORUM competition.

Our resource has been awarded a commended prize and will be presented live at ALT-C 2010 on Wed, 8 September, in a dedicated slot between 5.15 and 6 pm. Do come and say Hello if you are in the neighbourhood. For full details of the final six resources, please follow this link.

The NNI would like to thank JORUM for the initiative and also to congratulate all the participants in this competition.

Attention translation students & graduates; European Commission film and competition

The English Department of the European Commission’s translation service is pleased to announce the launch of a short film explaining the work of a translator and how to apply for a job as a translator in the European Institutions. This film would be of interest to anyone considering a career in languages, and we would be most grateful if you could forward it to any potentially interested students and graduates. It can be viewed at

Applications for the next recruitment competition can be made at from 13 July to 12 August.

European Commission Directorate-General for Translation
English Language Department