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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Role Bio
Mr Paul KEARNS



MCIL CL

Chair

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.

Ms Anna BINNING



MA (Hons) MCIL

Committee member

After completing her MA in German/European Institutions at Edinburgh University, Anna relocated to Germany where she lived and worked for almost thirty years in a variety of roles ranging from English language teaching and freelance translation to administration. After working for several years in an office environment, she retrained in early education in Germany and has worked with children of different ages in both a mono- and a bilingual environment. In September 2017, Anna returned to Edinburgh to do her Masters in Translating for Business (German) at Heriot-Watt University and now works as a translator in Edinburgh. Her focus is on legal and business translation.

Ms Pat BAXTER



HonMCIL

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!

Miss Eneida GARCIA VILLANUEVA



MCIL ACIL CL

Secretary

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



MCIL

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 AGM will be held on Saturday 17 November at 3pm in the Banker Suite at the Mercure Glasgow City Hotel, 201 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DQ. All Scottish Society members are invited to attend the AGM which will take place after the presentation ‘Gaelic Education and Language Planning’.

The Agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the AGM held in Glasgow on Saturday 25 November 2017
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Social Media Report
  6. Election of the Committee for 2018/19
  7. Any other business

Copies of the Minutes of the AGM held in Glasgow on Saturday 25 November 2017 are available here. If you have any questions about the AGM, please contact the Chair of the Scottish Society at scottishsociety@ciol.org.uk

Kind regards,

Scottish Society Committee


Date: Saturday 23 February 2019
Venue: Dundee

A presentation by Prof. Alison Phipps.

More information to come soon.

 



Date: Saturday 18 May 2019
Venue: Edinburgh

A presentation by Dr Fernando León Solís

More information to come soon.

 



Date: Saturday 28 September 2019

To celebrate International Translation Day 2019, we will be delivering two interactive workshops.

Machine Translation - A help or a hindrance to your translation career? Presented by Paul Kearns

The presentation will look at different types of machine translation and discuss some of the current topics surrounding machine translation in the translation industry today. It will examine how quality is monitored and improved. Attendees will have a chance to try their skills at assessing machine translation quality and learn some of the principles involved in post-editing...

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Date: Saturday 23 November 2019
Venue: Glasgow

Many people still think that bilingualism makes children confused and puts them at a disadvantage at school. Research, in contrast, shows that knowing another language may give children enhanced metalinguistic and early literacy skills, a better understanding of other people’s points of view, and more mental flexibility in dealing with complex situations. However, the presence of these benefits in bilingualism with minority languages crucially depends on positive and supportive attitudes around children, and relies on firm community foundations for inter-generational transmission. I will...

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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: