Historically, the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies’ (LINCS) primary research focus has been in the field of Translation & Interpreting studies: it was with the express purpose of promoting such a focus that the Department was founded over 40 years ago.

A distinctive profile in this area developed under the leadership of Professors Basil Hatim and Ian Mason, who carried forward the Department’s research agenda together until 2005.

Since that time the research aims of the Centre have broadened to include a wider range of translation and interpreting related activities that also encompass language and communication practices more generally, and also language, translation and interpreting pedagogy.

LINCS is also uniquely positioned in Scotland with its long history in leading on sign language related teaching and research. With early work led by Christine Wilson and Rita McDade, the SIGNS@HWU research team has expanded exponentially since the arrival of Professor Graham H. Turner in 2005 and Professor Jemina Napier in 2013, and has won awards for research quality; members conduct research that intersects across the CTISS and its sister research centre: the Intercultural Research Centre.

Previous CTISS Directors

Professor Ian Mason

Professor Graham H. Turner

Research awards

June 2017

The ‘Interpreting Team’ shortlisted for the Heriot-Watt University Principal’s Public Engagement Prize for work on legal interpreting and collaboration with Police Scotland and other professional and community groups.

March 2017

The British Sign Language team - winner of the Guardian University Awards for Social & Community impact.

November 2016

The Justisigns project - shortlisted for Scottish Council on Deafness award for ‘Partnership Working’ with the British Deaf Association and Police Scotland.