Top students awarded free translation software

20 February 2017

Colchester Campus

Language and Linguistics, Department of

Two master’s students from our Department of Language and Linguistics who got top marks in their Technologies of Translation module were awarded with free software licences. The students used market-leading translation software, SDL Trados Studio 2017, on their module which is also used by many professional translators across the world. The students will use the SDL Trados Studio 2017 Freelance licenses in their careers after Essex.

SDL: Language Translation and Content Management Company (SDL) visited the University last week to award the students. The two winners, who both study MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling, were Giulia Limbrici, for EU language training, and Shuo Li for Chinese language training.

Ignazia Posadinu, Director of MA programmes in Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling said: “This has meant a lot to our students who will be using this important translation tool professionally as freelance or in-house translators. Initially, students were quite skeptical about the need to become proficient users of Computer Aided Technology, but now they use it every day and they are very happy with it.”

Shuo said: “As a Chinese-English translation and interpreting student, SDL Trados has provided me with great help in my study. I felt extremely honoured to receive this licence. I want to thank our lovely teacher Ignazia for making this learning experience so interesting and enjoyable.”

Giulia said: “We learned how to use SDL Trados during our classes and it was amazing to learn how much this programme can help translators in their work. Receiving this prize is a wonderful first step to start my career as a translator!”

Victoria Knowles, Manager of the SDL Academic Program, said: "We are delighted to be able to award the top two students with a free SDL Trados Studio Freelance license. The University of Essex has embraced the use of translation technology in their MA Translation and Interpreting courses and we are proud to be able to support this. On behalf of SDL I would like to wish all of the MA students the very best for their future career".

Whilst here, SDL also hosted an event for all students from our Department of Language and Linguistics. Students heard, first-hand, what it’s like to work as a translator and to work at SDL. The representatives also gave advice on life after university, working in translation and working for language service providers.

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