Dan Chen

Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistics
 Dan Chen



Dan is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. She taught consecutive and simultaneous interpreting at Newcastle University for three years before taking the position of Programme Director in the Department of Language and Linguistics at Essex University. For the past decades, Dan has been working as a simultaneous interpreter for numerous important events including conferences and high-level forums during President Xi's visit to the UK in 2015. As a professional interpreter with a keen interest in Science and Technology, she has proudly interpreted for many big names from scientific fields, in particular, the top scientists' Professor Sir Ian Wilmut (the scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep), the astronomer and cosmologist Professor Martin Rees from Trinity College of Cambridge University, as well as Nobel Laureate and neuroscientist Professor John O'Keefe from UCL. With the accumulated interpreting experiences from the events of world-renowned companies such as the Jaguar Landrover, Mini-cooper, ABRSM, Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei, the Bank of China, Dragon TV and BBD, as well as the international organisations and public bodies including the UN, Department of International Trade, CBBC, the British Council, the Foreign Office, NHS, and etc., she has gathered domain-specific experiences in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Big data, Fintech, cultural heritage, medicine, arts, music, etc., which enriched her classrooms with live and up-to-date materials and new teaching methods. Dan holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Shanghai International Studies University, a Master's Degree in International Business Management, and a Master's Degree in Interpreting from Newcastle University.


  • MA in International Business Management (Newcastle University)

  • MA in Interpreting (Newcastle University)

  • Full member of Chartered Institute of Linguists


University of Essex

  • Program Director of MA Translation and Interpreting (Chinese - English), Essex University (1/6/2012 - 1/9/2017)

  • Program Director of MA Advanced Interpreting with Specialised Translation, Language and Linguistics, Essex University (2/5/2016 - present)

  • Interpreting lab Steering Committee member, language and Linguistics, University of Essex (12/1/2015 - 17/11/2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Cooperative learning of interpreting skills

interpreter's knowledge acquisition

Current research

Simultaneous Interpreter's cognitive load

Using new technologies and software to measure and compare simultaneous interpreters' cognitive load and working memory under different circumstances.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics (LA099)

  • Introduction to Bilateral Interpreting (LA884)

  • Bilateral Interpreting (LA888)

  • Simultaneous Interpreting (LA894)

  • Simultaneous Interpreting with Text (LA896)

  • Conference Interpreting Case Studies (LA897)

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4.204A, Colchester Campus

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