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Call for tenders for research project on Translation and Interpreting for the Public Services (PSIT)



The LLAS Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies invites bids to carry out a research project to address provision of education in Translation and Interpreting for the Public Services (PSIT) in higher education (HE) in England. This project will be conducted under the auspices of Routes into Languages ( Routes is a national programme currently funded by HEFCE, which aims to widen participation in language learning and to increase the numbers of first language English students taking translating and interpreting courses in English universities.   


Research project Introduction

As part of Routes into Languages continuation work, a research project will be funded to investigate issues in the following areas:

  • Teaching provision in Interpreting and Translation for the Public Services in higher education in England
  • The role of HE in supporting the profession and the sector more broadly

This theme has been chosen to support the PSIT sector through raising professional standards and through building a community of practitioners and stakeholders in the sector.


The six-month project aims to provide information on the current context in which PSIT is taught by identifying the barriers and issues around provision of PSIT courses and/or units. This research will eventually shed light on a number of practical steps that may be taken to support PSIT in higher education and other sectors, such as further education. It is anticipated that the project will have a community-building aspect to it. A report outlining a set of recommendations and suggestions for the HE sector will be published at the end of the project and will be disseminated through LLAS events and publishing tools.


Bidders will be able to bid for up to £20,000 to carry out the research outlined below. Work should start no later than 30 January 2012 and will have to be completed by 31 July 2012.


Deadline for submission of proposals: 13 January 2012.


The successful applicant will be notified in the week beginning 23 January 2012.


For project description and further information please click here (.pdf)

For project description and further information please click here (.docx)