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Translation Studies under threat

Translation Studies at UK universities are under threat.

Language learning at primary and secondary education levels has been steadily declining for over a decade. Translation departments across the UK are suffering, and the numbers of domestic translation students are dwindling. This, combined with the Government’s and universities’ prioritisation of STEM subjects over humanities and languages, has led to the closure of a number of Translation Studies departments at UK universities over the past few years.

Yet, the language services industry needs professional linguists and language industry professionals for a wide variety of skilled roles from translator to multilingual project manager, and language specialist to language technologist.

Translation Studies and Applied Languages departments across the UK are increasingly collaborating with the industry, to modernise curricula, to increase student employability, and to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the industry.

This is where ATC members come in. Help shape the future of the industry and secure future talent to your company. Take the below short survey and tell us what roles exist in your company right now.

Take the survey: roles in your company

This survey is being conducted by Dr Begoña Rodríguez de Céspedes from the University of Portsmouth, to identify the variety of current and emerging professional roles in the language services industry, feeding into the growth of student employability.

What’s in it for my company?

The study feeds into a better understanding of the language services training provided by universities, and a narrowing of the gap between academia and industry to provide a bigger pool of talented professionals equipped to work in the changing language services industry.

The survey takes 5-10 minutes, and it is anonymous. The results will be published as part of an academic paper and a report for the wider translation industry stakeholders. This means that the results will reach government officials, academics, language services industry associations, and language service companies.

By answering and submitting your answers, automatic consent is given to use the data.




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