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Connecting the world with our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships


In 2010 we teamed up with thebigword – a language services provider with global reach – and won a £90,000 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to help develop a web-based training package for public service interpreters.

The course became available from September 2011 courtesy of a purpose-built virtual learning environment which we named the International School of Linguistics and was followed by a range of courses in 2012 up to postgraduate level.

The joint KTP bid was the result of working alongside thebigword for many years to help ensure our language courses met the needs of the language industry and, in turn, gave our graduates excellent employment opportunities. Our strengths – combined with skills at thebigword – enable us to deliver flexible and high quality training for professional linguists to support international trade, tourism and migrant communities. 

The significance of the partnership is easy to see - from helping asylum seekers access legal and social support, to enabling security services to interact with local communities in areas of conflict – linguists provide a vital service in every area of social, economic and political activity.

Wide range of training

Our aim is that the courses being developed through the KTP Project will form the basis of a wide range of training that will set an industry standard for language service both nationally and globally.

As a result of the initiative, research opportunities are being developed in areas such as blended learning for languages, digital language applications for police and emergency services, virtual international learning communities and ethical issues in translating and interpreting.

At Leeds Beckett we have also been awarded two Classic Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. The first is an 18-month project with thebigword, developing and implementing an online training and quality control system for professional freelance interpreters.

The second KTP is a two-year project which will see the University working with the Rugby Football League aimed at improving the financial sustainability of the sport.

More information

If you would like more details about our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please get in touch with Graham Webb.

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