About Us

The Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting UK and Ireland is a UK Charity (Registered Charity Number 1186315) that was founded in 2017 with the participation of universities from across the UK and Ireland. Its dual objective is to improve the quality of translation and interpreting teaching at British and Irish institutions by allowing exchange of good practice and by creating greater links with professional associations while improving outreach by establishing links with secondary schools to help increase participation on T&I programmes. Membership to APTIS is open to every British or Irish HE institution that has programmes in translation and/or interpreting studies. 

Elected Executive Committee

President: Dr JC Penet

Dr JC Penet is a Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies and Director of the BA in Translation and Interpreting at Newcastle University’s School of Modern Languages. Prior to joining Newcastle University in 2010, he was a Lecturer in French at the University of the West of England, where he also taught on the online MA in Translation. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

JC’s current areas of interest include translator education (translator competences; ICC in translator training, the influence of translation technology on translation teaching), institutional translation and translator agency.

Vice-President: Dr Olga Castro

Dr Olga Castro is Associate Professor in Translation Studies at the University of Warwick. Prior to this, she held different academic positions at Aston University, the University of Exeter, and the University of Vigo, Spain. Since 2014 she is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK. Her most recent publications include the edited collections Feminist Translation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) and Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in Multilingual Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She has also published 20 journal articles and book chapters on feminist translation, the politics of translation in non-hegemonic cultures, the transnational travels of texts and self-translation in multilingual contexts. She has received funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme to carry out a project entitled “Stateless Cultures in Translation: The Case of Basque, Catalan and Galician literatures in the UK” (2018-2020) as Principal Investigator.

Secretary: Dr Anna Strowe

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Dr Anna Strowe is Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies and the Programme Director for the MA in Translation and Interpreting Studies at the University of Manchester. She teaches translation theory, research methods, and literary translation, and works with students translating from Italian and Spanish into English. Her areas of research interest are in translation theory, early modern literature, and book history.

Treasurer: Dr Maria Fernandez-Parra

Dr Maria Fernandez-Parra is currently a Senior Lecturer in Translation and Director of MA Professional Translation at Swansea University, UK. She has produced a wide range of publications during the past ten years on translation topics ranging from translation technologies and computer-assisted translation tools to Spanish translation, simulated translation bureaus as a pedagogical tool in translator training and formulaic language. She is also a member of the Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN), the Secretary of the Language Research Centre (LRC) at Swansea University and the Treasurer of APTIS.

Communications Officer: Dr Hannah Silvester

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Dr Hannah Silvester is a Lecturer in French at University College Cork, and Coordinator of the MA in French Translation. She teaches translation studies theory and practice at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. Prior to joining UCC in 2018, she held teaching fellowships at Newcastle University and the University of Glasgow. She works on audiovisual translation, and is interested in research methods, the subtitling of non-standard language, and subtitler working practices.

Ordinary Executive Committee Member: Dr Begoña Rodríguez de Céspedes


Dr Begoña Rodríguez de Céspedes is Senior Lecturer and MA Translation Studies Course Leader at the University of Portsmouth. She trained as a translator and interpreter before joining the university to teach Translation and Spanish Language. She has carried out translation and proofreading freelance work over the years whilst lecturing at university where she has developed and coordinated units in translation across levels. A senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Begoña has been involved in several research and innovation projects including the organisation of the international Portsmouth annual translation conference. She has been guest editor (special issues: the Journal of Specialised Translation 2014 and the Interpreter and Translator Trainer 2017) and has published articles on translator training and professionalisation of translation studies. Her current Faculty of Humanities funded research project looks into the impact of technologies in the profession and the training of future translators.

Ordinary Executive Committee Member: Dr Jérôme Devaux