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MA in Translation formally validated by Chartered Institute of Linguists

2 November 2021

The University of Bristol’s MA in Translation (MAT) programme has become the first translator training programme to be formally validated by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL), the UK-based professional membership body for language practitioners, as part of a new framework.

In a rigorous process of analysis, CIOL mapped the MA in Translation’s performance against a set of criteria and judged that the programme provides excellent support to its students, prepares them for the workplace in the language industries, and is well-run and staffed with tutors whose experience covers both research and industry.

The report includes the following assessment: “CIOL is satisfied, based on the evidence provided, that the University is providing a programme embedded in both academic and professional contexts that delivers an excellent preparation for linguists seeking a career in translation. Drawing on current practice, emerging trends and future language specialisms, the programme anticipates developments in the translation industry which will affect the working lives of aspiring translators. The policy, quality, content and assessment documentation seen by CIOL is comprehensive and is evidence of excellent programme management. Students embarking on the programme can be confident that they will emerge equipped with the professional skills and knowledge they need to be work-ready to enter the translation industry.”

The MAT is the longest-established of three Translation Masters programmes offered in the School of Modern Languages. The assessment has been warmly welcomed by programme staff and the wider community of teachers and researchers in SML. “I am very pleased that the work of our tutors has been given a ringing endorsement,” says Dr Christophe Fricker, the MAT’s programme director. Carol O’Sullivan, Head of Subject for Translation, comments that “We seek to deliver a programme to our students that is exciting and relevant, and the fact that a major professional body has validated these efforts is a cause for celebration.”

The programme team hope to continue and grow cooperation between academic programmes, professional associations and industry partners.

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