HW – a centre of excellence for translators and interpreters

Our Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies recently hosted the 2018 AGM of CIUTI (Conférence internationale permanente d’instituts universitaires de traducteurs et interprètes), the oldest and most prestigious international association of university institutes with translation and interpretation programmes in the world. Delegates attended from 49 member institutions and interpreting was provided in English, French and German. The AGM was followed by the first ever CIUTI academic conference which was centred around the theme of translation and interpreting in an era of demographic and technological change. There were a total of 30 papers on the programme, covering topics as diverse as cognitive processes in translating; neural machine translation and tech training, as well as panels and a workshop. All were very well received, with the President of FIT, the International Federation of Translators, describing Heriot-Watt as a “true centre of excellence for training translators and interpreters for the future”.

The CIUTI event coincided with a visit from the Head of the Directorate General for Interpretation (SCIC) at the European Commission, Mrs Florika Fink-Hooijer, and Ms Cathy Pearson, also from SCIC. They met with staff members in LINCS and toured the excellent interpreting facilities in the Henry Prais Building. Discussions focused on possibilities for enhanced cooperation between Heriot-Watt and the European Commission; one strand of this will be Pedagogical Assistance where Cathy Pearson will return to Heriot-Watt in September to deliver interpreting classes to the new cohort of MSc interpreting students.

The Heriot-Watt and Norway Connection: Deeper than the North Sea

This is Petter, a Norwegian student in his 4th year of MA Business and Finance at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences.

We spoke to Petter to find out what it’s like to be a Norwegian student in Scotland and he told us why he chose to do his Business and Finance degree in Edinburgh and why he thinks it’s easy to feel at home here.

Read on to learn more about Petter’s plans for the future and discover which Norwegian VIP has links to Heriot-Watt University.

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Our very own Bloomberg Trading room

We are thrilled to announce that our Accountancy, Finance and Economics programmes are soon to have their learning experience enhanced with the opening of our very own Bloomberg Trading Simulation room. Championed by the department’s Deputy Head, Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Mo Sherif, the Trading Room will allow our students to put theory into practice in a real-time environment.

Bloomberg is widely acknowledged as the largest interactive trading platform available in the market and is used by the majority of prominent global finance companies. SoSS Students using our platform will, therefore, replicate the Bloomberg trading rooms of financiers worldwide. Working with a simulated market environment using actual, real-time data, and a variety of functions simulating both trading and non-trading workflows. With these state-of-the-art tools, our students will enrich their research and classwork, with hands-on knowledge of analysing financial markets, assessing economic scenarios and interpreting key news developments that impact the global economy.

Introducing the Trading Room has immense potential for the School and its students.

“Our Bloomberg Trading room is going to be brilliant, we will be able to show and not just tell; it will give us as lecturers the opportunity to bring our textbook theory to life! Moreover, we will be able to provide our excellent students a safe environment to take risks and grow their confidence, and this experience will give them a competitive edge for a career in the financial services.” Dr Mo Sherif

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From South to North through the lens of Annagul

Meet Annagul, an undergraduate student at Heriot-Watt University from Turkmenistan, studying MA (Hons) International Business Management with Marketing. Anna, who will be graduating in June, has a passion for photography and her skills gained our attention when she won the School of Social Science’s monthly Instagram competition #ScenesofSoSS. The competition encourages students, staff and alumni to share their favourite experiences of Heriot-Watt University and it gives us the chance to celebrate the talent that exists amongst the University community. At the end of the year, the winner from each month of the competition will feature in our official calendar.

We spoke with Anna for this #LoveWattYouDo blog and she explained how both her bachelor degree and hobby are helping to prepare her for the career she wants. Using her Business Management and venturing skills, she has already set up photography walking tours around Edinburgh, and is now in the process of launching an exhibition to display her grandfather’s sculptors to the public of Edinburgh.

We also took the opportunity to ask some questions about her studies, her life as a Heriot-Watt University student and her passion in the arts sector, read on to find out more.

I will never get tired of repeating that Edinburgh is such a fantastic city which inspires me a lot.

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Research – we’re having a laugh…

Our research academics do important work that is genuinely changing lives and policy in a whole host of areas. Pulling them out of their comfort zone and in front of a non-academic audience isn’t always the easiest of tasks, but Alan Gow from our Psychology Department is no stranger to the stage. Alan is leading research on the effects of ageing on the brain and thinking skills and will be making his second Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas outing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, along with Anna Sedda, who is presenting on her work on disgust. Alan told us a bit more about CODI.

An academic, a comedian and the public walk into a Fringe venue…

No, it’s not the setup to a joke, it’s the basis for the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. CODI, as it’s known, puts researchers at the heart of the world’s largest arts festival. The 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe marks CODI’s sixth year and the programme has just been released.

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There’s no place like home: Meet Business Management Student, Olivia

Heriot-Watt’s global reputation means we attract Master’s students from all over the world. This is something we’re really proud of as it provides a multi-cultural student population and lots of different perspectives in the classroom.

Still, it’s always reassuring to know that our reputation is just as strong, if not stronger, with those who live right on our doorstep in Edinburgh, our wonderful city of origin. This means we always have plenty of locals to share their insider knowledge of the city and give our truly global university a truly local feel.

Olivia studied Classics in Liverpool before returning home to complete her Master’s at our Edinburgh campus with the aim of gaining a degree that would help her launch a career.

With classes and exams finished, and her Dissertation project coming together for the summer months, we sat down with Olivia to reflect on her experience of coming back to study in Edinburgh for her Master’s degree.

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Dive into Marketing at Heriot-Watt with Swimming Captain Erin

Erin Brown will soon graduate from Heriot-Watt University with a MA (Hons) in International Business Management with Marketing. She’s not quite sure what her long-term plan is just yet, but knows that she wants to continue building a career in marketing.

Erin’s time at Heriot-Watt has prepared her for that career in a number of ways, and thanks to her love of the subject and an impressive piece of coursework produced in 3rd Year she already has a year’s worth of work experience under her belt and a job lined up once she graduates.

You can read more about Erin’s time studying Business Management at Heriot-Watt in the Q&A below. #LoveWattYouDo

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Meet Rui Qiu – An Alumnus Student of Interpreting and Translating with Chinese MSc

This #LoveWattYouDo post features yet another fantastic alumnus of the MSc in Interpreting and Translating Chinese to English – Rui Qiu; known as Rachel. Rachel outlines why living and learning in Scotland was the perfect choice for her and how being taught by world-class academics in a professional setting enabled her to gain successful employment in an interpreting role for a Chinese financial business.

1. What drove your decision to study a Masters degree in your subject? Did you have a specific end goal in mind?

I would like to dig deeper and get well-trained in the interpreting area. And I had a career in mind; I would like to be a professional interpreter.

2. What was it about Heriot-Watt and your programme that made you want to study here?

Edinburgh is a beautiful city and Scottish culture is charming.

3. Can you tell us about an element of the Programme that you’ve particularly enjoyed?

The Mini-conference; It was really interesting to have different language students to discuss and share ideas together, meanwhile, train our interpreting skills in a multilingual environment.

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SoSS academics make ground-breaking links with British Deaf Association

Here at SoSS, our research academics work hard to ensure their work genuinely impacts on the world around us. Current research around disability, ageing, learning, energy economics, green logistics and much, much more all has enormous implications for how we live, work and think about many issues.

Our BSL-team, whose work has already had a huge impact on justice, education and employment within the Deaf community, have now achieved a first for any UK university – signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Deaf Association.

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How Can We Help?: a marketing podcast, by Karen Sinclair

Karen Sinclair who studies International Business Management with Consumer Psychology

The Marketing team participated in a podcast this month. A part-time MSc student – Karen Sinclair approached us last month as part of her International Marketing Management assignments. Karen created a Podcast featuring the many ways Heriot-Watt University makes studying more accessible to all. Karen is herself a disabled student with carer responsibilities too and wanted to complete an MSc to enhance her prospects and futureproof her career. She studies International Marketing management with Consumer Psychology and in this podcast interviews Claire-Jayne Seller of the SoSS Marketing Team, Dr Kathryn Waite the Programme Director for International Marketing Management and one of her fellow cohort Carla John also a parent student with carer responsibilities on how the University provides for students who are not part of the mould.

We hope that you enjoy listening and that if you are thinking of studying any of our MSc’s in the School of Social Sciences and have any additional needs (such as a parent/carer, or have a disabilities) this podcast provides you with the enhanced knowledge on the facilities and structures in place in SoSS and the University as a whole and encourages you to apply to study with us!