• The focus of the CTISS is on translation and interpreting, and related language and communication practices, as the subjects of basic and applied study in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Bringing together research expertise across the aligned disciplines of translation studies, interpreting studies, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, our researchers engage in interdisciplinary work to examine translation, interpreting and languaging as situated social practices in Scottish and global contexts; as well as approaches to the learning and teaching of languages, translation and interpreting.
  • CTISS promotes cutting-edge research through the lenses of multimodality, multilingualism and technology.
  • Aligning with the research strategy of Heriot-Watt University, the CTISS aligns our research goals with the key themes of inclusivity and global challenges.



In pursuit of its aims, the CTISS will: 

  • Conduct systematic, basic research directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of translation, interpreting, language and communication practices.
  • Conduct systematic, applied research to gain knowledge or understanding to determine the means by which recognised and specific needs may be met in translation, interpreting, language, and communication related activities.
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration among members and between members of the Centre and the wider academic community.
  • Develop collaborative projects, including research users. Submit funding bids specifically geared to building research capacity for early career researchers and PhD students.
  • Engage with public bodies, and relevant industries and organisations to identify significant research needs and develop projects which have real-world impact on language communities.
  • Provide mentoring and support mechanisms for research career development Encourage funding applications and cooperate in the development of bids.
  • Develop and offer research training opportunities for Centre members and external participants.
  • Disseminate research findings through academic publications, blogposts, academic presentations and public-engagement activities (in different languages where relevant).