Dan Chen

Department of Language and Linguistics
 Dan Chen
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    +44 (0) 1206 872100

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    4.204A, Colchester Campus



Dan is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Linguist. She taught consecutive and simultaneous interpreting in Newcastle University for three years before taking the position of Programme Director in the Department of Language and Linguistics, Essex University. For the past decades, Dan has been working as a simultaneous interpreter for numerous important events including the conferences and high-level forums during President Xi's visit to the UK in 2015. As a professional interpreter with keen interests 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), and Professor Martin Rees, the astronomer and cosmologist, from Trinity College of Cambridge University. 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 degree in Economics at Shanghai International Studies University, a Master Degree in International Business Management, and a Master Degree in Interpreting at Newcastle University.


  • MA in International Business Management (Newcastle University)

  • MA in Interpreting (Newcastle University)

  • Full member of Chartered Institute of Linguists


University of Essex

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

  • Programem Director of MA Business Translation Interpreting (Chinese - English), Language and Linguistics, Essex University (2/5/2016 - present)

  • Coordinator of International Partnerships, Language and Linguistics, Essex University (1/10/2012 - present)

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

  • Introduction to Bilateral Interpreting (LA884)

  • Bilateral Interpreting (LA888)

  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (LA894)

  • Advanced Simultaneous Interpreting (LA896)

  • Advanced Interpreting with Technologies (LA897)

+44 (0) 1206 872100


4.204A, Colchester Campus

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