Lecturer in BSL/English Interpreting

Tel: 0131 474 0000

I am a registered British Sign Language/English interpreter with over 23 years of experience of work in a wide variety of domains but with particular experience of medical, educational/academic and workplace interpreting.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

I completed my PhD in 2015 which, like my initial interpreter training, was studied through the University of Bristol.My doctoral research was a qualitative study exploring how BSL/English interpreters recognise and reflect im/polite language from BSL into spoken English, including the various influences that impact on choice of interpreting strategy. 

My research has also included study of the way im/politeness is conveyed in British Sign Language.Before training as an interpreter I had extensive experience of course administration, including programme management of an open-learning MBA within a private sector/HE partnership. 

I joined the staff at Queen Margaret University in September 2016 in order to develop the Masters modules on advanced BSL/English interpreting. I work part-time at the University alongside my continuing professional practice as a self-employed interpreter.

My doctoral thesis titled ‘Interpreting linguistic politeness from British Sign Language to English’ was completed in 2015.   This was a qualitative study that included a preliminary study of what might be considered ‘polite’ in British Sign Language, followed by the main research which involved a series of semi-structured group interviews with highly experienced BSL/English interpreters to explore how they reflect im/politeness when working into English.

Active research interests:

Pragmatics, im/politeness, BSL/English interpreting, multimodal im/politeness

Research methods:

Qualitative semi-structured interviews, discourse analysis, thematic analysis

 

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

I am module coordinator and lecturer and teach the following modules:

SM069

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 1

SM070

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2

SM072

Interpreting in Healthcare Settings

SM071

Interpreting in Justice Settings

SM073

Interpreting in Arts and Culture Settings

SM076

Interpreting in Mental Healthcare Settings

SM077

Interpreting in Educational Settings

SM078

Interpreting in Employment Settings