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. 

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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

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 19 May 2018
Venue: Edinburgh


12:15pm Lunch (at own expense) 
2:00pm Presentation

Professor Jemina Napier FCIL from Heriot-Watt University will give a presentation on British Sign Language entitled ‘A visual world – research on sign language.’  British Sign Language interpreters will be present during the event. 

Attendees are welcome to meet up and network beforehand over lunch Bella Italia. The restaurant is only a few minutes walk from the venue of the presentation.

Bella Italia
Edinburgh Northbridge...

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Date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Venue: Stirling

For this meeting we will have a double event. From 11am to 12:30pm, Alba Sort, marketing lecturer/facilitator and Chartered Linguist, will run a workshop entitled 'Social Media for Linguists'. 

There will then be a break for lunch (optional at own expense) and at 2:00pm Dr Anne Stokes, lecturer in German and translation at the University of Stirling, will give a 
presentation on dealing with translation in occupied Germany, 1945–1949. When embarking on the occupation of Germany in 1945, all four occupying powers viewed books, and in particular translations of works of fiction...

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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.

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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: