Ignazia Posadinu

Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistics
 Ignazia Posadinu
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872239

  • Location

    4.320a, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesdays 12-13 and Thursdays 3-4



I have been teaching translation to university students for over three decades. I began my career as a freelance translator and interpreter, simultaneously working on translations while teaching part-time. I have translated content from a wide range of subjects, including academic, medical, commercial, and promotional material. I've been teaching Italian at the University of Essex since 1998. Prior to this, I taught at Reading University, where I obtained my MA in Applied Linguistics, as well as at Kings College London. At the University of Essex, I have taught several modules for undergraduate students, ranging from Intensive Initial to Mastery Italian. Currently, I mainly focus on teaching postgraduate students. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am actively engaged in departmental administration as the Education Director. I serve as a staff appraiser and am a member of the leadership committee. I take pride in directing our successful MA program in Translation, Interpreting, and Subtitling. Within this role, I specialize in teaching the Italian-English translation and interpreting strand. I have consistently integrated technology into my teaching practices and currently offer two modules that focus on Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT) tools, machine translation, and post-editing. At our institution, we foster a dynamic learning environment and frequently organize extracurricular activities for our students. As part of my dedication to enhancing the experience of postgraduate students in Translation and Interpreting, I have successfully contributed to the development of a range of extracurricular activities. These efforts have led to my recognition for excellence at work over three consecutive years. In addition to my academic contributions in 2023, I have participated in a British Council-funded research project focused on enhancing language learning with employability skills. External examiner at Queen Mary (2022-current) External Examiner at Kings College London (2012-2016) External Examiner at London Metropolitan University (2012-2016) Examiner and Vetter for the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) Examiner and Vetter for the FCO examination Examiner for the IoLET Level 7 Diploma in Translation Supervision of BA project and MA dissertations Trainer and supervisor of Erasmus plus students


  • BA in Lingue e Letterature (English and German) -Universitàdegli studi di Sassari

  • MA in Applied Linguistics- University of Reading


University of Essex

  • Director of Education, University of Essex, University of Essex (3/4/2023 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Blended Learning

Technology and language learning

Computer aided translation and interpreting

Audiovosual translation

Conferences and presentations

ATC Conference September 2015: Helping universities to prepare for translation talent


Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Concepts of Translation and Cultural Mediation (LA043)

  • Intensive Initial Italian 1 (LA621)

  • Intensive Initial Italian 2 (LA622)

  • Interpreting Practice I (French) (LA813)

  • Interpreting Practice II (French) (LA814)

  • Interpreting Practice I (German) (LA823)

  • Interpreting Practice II (German) (LA824)

  • Interpreting Practice I (Portuguese) (LA833)

  • Interpreting Practice I (Spanish) (LA843)

  • Interpreting Practice II (Spanish) (LA844)

  • Interpreting Practice I (Arabic) (LA853)

  • Interpreting Practice II (Arabic) (LA854)

  • Translation Portfolio I (Italian) (LA861)

  • Translation Portfolio II (Italian) (LA862)

  • Interpreting Practice I (Italian) (LA863)

  • Interpreting Practice II (Italian) (LA864)

  • Technologies of Translation (LA873)

  • Technologies of Translation II and Post Editing (LA875)

  • Work-Based Project (LA898)

  • Dissertation (LA899)

  • Principles of Translation and Interpreting (LA871)

Grants and funding


Developing employability skills through language learning: a pilot project with adult learners in the Colchester area

British Academy

+44 (0) 1206 872239


4.320a, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesdays 12-13 and Thursdays 3-4