Scottish Society

Founded in 1982 by the late Ruth Robertson MCIL, the Scottish Society meets four times a year – normally in February, May, September and November – with the AGM being held as part of the November meeting. To accommodate as many members as possible, the Society rotates its venues across Scotland.

About 300 CIOL members living and working in Scotland are members of the Scottish Society benefitting from a variety of activities which include guest speakers, networking opportunities, Continuing Professional Development events, visits to places of interest and social meet-ups. Non-CIOL members are also welcome to attend events, which will be published on these Scottish Society web pages and Eventbrite.

The Scottish Society publishes a regular newsletter, typically containing an account of the previous event, details of coming events, a feature on some aspect of language and, wherever possible, small contributions from members. 

Follow the Scottish Society on Twitter.

Role Bio



Paul obtained a first class MA (Hons) in Foreign Languages and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages as a mature student at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh where he also spent his year abroad teaching English and studying at the Universidad de Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. He joined the CIOL in 2010 as a student and qualified as a Member in 2015 while working as a translation project manager for a learning and development company in Dundee. He is also a freelance translator, Spanish tutor and the Chair of the CIOL’s Scottish Society.



Committee member

Pat is an experienced copy-editor and proofreader, a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and author of an SfEP handbook, Theses and Dissertations: Checking the Language (SfEP, 2010). Her main language is French but she has added to this in a series of CPD/lifelong learning initiatives Italian stage1 (Open University), and now a newly awarded stage 2 Certificate in German (University of Dundee). Like many of her fellow linguists, she also blesses Latin for the ability to know the meaning of many other words!




Eneida (EN, FR & CAT into SPA) obtained both her BSc (Hons) in Translation and Interpreting and PGCE from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She then completed an MSc in International and European Studies at the University of Valencia before moving to London for a year. Eneida has also lived and studied in Prague and Moscow and became a ‘new Scot’ in 2007. She holds an MSc in Translation and Conference Interpreting from Heriot-Watt University and is devoted to raising interpreting standards. Eneida joined CIOL in 2010 (MCIL, ACIL) is a Chartered Linguist (Interpreter) and has been involved with the DPSI exams since 2011.

Mrs Marjorie MACRAE


Treasurer None provided

If you are interested in supporting the Scottish Society we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Simply email us with your name and contact details and a member of the committee will contact you for a no obligation discussion.

The Scottish Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017 at 3.00pm at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, 19 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SD. 

The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. Welcome and apologies for absence
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the previous AGM held in Glasgow on 19 November 2016
  3. Chairman's Report
  4. Treasurer's Report
  5. Election of the Committee for the year 2017-18
  6. Review of new CIOL Terms of Reference for Societies
  7. Any other business

Copies of the Minutes from the previous AGM and the Terms of Reference will be available at the AGM or you can request copies from

For more information please contact the Chair at

We look forward to seeing you

Kind regards,

Scottish Society Committee

Date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Venue: Stirling

Book online now

Workshop: Social Media for Linguists
Alba Sort MCIL will be delivering a workshop about social media and how linguists can best utilise it.

Your social media presence is a powerful ally to establish and grow your language business, but managing it can quickly become...

(View full event description)

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018
Venue: Glasgow

Andrew O'Halloran from Annan Academy, who is responsible for delivering locally the Scottish Government's initiative on rolling out Gaelic across Scotland, will give a presentation on Gaelic which will include an interactive session. This will be followed by the Society's AGM.

CPD: 1.5 hours

Booking not yet open

The Scottish Society runs a variety of professional development events, benefitting CIOL members and non-members alike. Click an event to see its original listing and, if applicable, event reports and downloadable materials: