Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Language students get invaluable insight into careers in translation

Wednesday, 05 April 2017


Language students at Oxford Brookes were lucky enough to receive a visit from a big name in translation. Philip Cole, former head of the English and Irish Translation Unit at the European Parliament, ran a French to English translation workshop for the students and answered any questions the students had about working in the industry.

Mr Cole found his role in the European Parliament incredibly rewarding, due in large part to the ability to work in such a multi-cultural environment. He also discussed the language skills he picked up through this environment: “I went in with the two most important languages (for translation purposes): French and German, and picked up a few more along the way”.

Irene Hill, programme lead for Modern Languages, felt that  “the French to English translation workshop was inspiring for students as it gave them an insight into the working of the EU Parliament Translation Unit. Sharing his knowledge on the working and recruitment process, Phil Cole also answered questions from those curious about translation careers.”

Events such as this provide a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with industry professionals and provide invaluable industry insight. Earlier in the year English and Drama students received a visit from acclaimed actor Toby Jones.

Information about the Applied Languages course can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.