Partner organisations

The CTISS has an extensive network of partner organisations in Scotland, the UK and internationally, including public service organisations, community representative organisations, and academic institutions; either for collaborative research projects or members serving on expert groups. These have included:

  • Action Deafness
  • Association of Sign Language Interpreters UK
  • British Deaf Association
  • Chartered Institute of Linguistics UK
  • Crown Office of the Procurator Fiscal Scotland
  • Deaf Action
  • Deaf Explorer
  • DeafPLUS
  • Deaf Scotland
  • Department of Work & Pensions, UK Government
  • Equality Unit, Scottish Government
  • European Union of the Deaf
  • European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters
  • Institute of Translators and Interpreters
  • Iv├Ęs
  • London Metropolitan Police
  • Manchester Deaf Centre
  • Ministry of Justice, UK Government
  • National Deaf Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • National Register of Public Service Interpreters
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Lothian
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Legal Aid Board
  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Sign Video
  • Televic
  • Vercida employment
  • World Association of Sign Language Interpreters
  • World Federation of the Deaf

Visiting scholars

The CTISS offers a vibrant research environment that attracts visiting academics and practitioners from all over the world to spend time with the Centre. For a modest bench fee, the CTISS provides visitors with access to the university's facilities, including workspace, internet connection and a library card, as well as opportunities to participate in research events (including conferences, research seminars and training sessions) on the same terms as regular CTISS members. By thus building up its international network of researchers and research users, the CTISS continues to strengthen its research capacity and the visibility of Heriot-Watt University in the fields of translation, interpreting, language and communication.