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Begoña Rodríguez de Céspedes is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the MA Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth. She trained as a translator and interpreter before joining the university to teach Translation and Spanish Language. Begoña carried out translation and proofreading freelance work over the years (specialising in legal translation and translation of children’s stories) whilst lecturing at university where she has developed and coordinated translation modules across all levels.

Her research interests include pedagogical issues in translator training and professionalisation. Begoña has been involved in several research and knowledge  exchange projects including organisation of the Annual Portsmouth Translation Conference (2012-2017), Portsmouth coordinator of the European Project OPTIMALE (Optimising Professional Translator Training in a Multilingual Europe), EMT European Master’s in Translation (2011-2021) and organiser of professional translation workshops and seminars. Begoña was also Portsmouth coordinator of the NNT (National Network for Translation) and founding member of the ELIA Exchange UK team (cooperation initiative involving LSPs, European universities and translation students).

She was an Executive Committee member of  APTIS and currently acts as national representative for Translation and Interpreting of UCML

Curriculum development for Translation Studies
Setting up Distance Learning Courses
Training the Trainers

Research Interests

Translation training and professionalisation; enterprising education; impact of automation in the profession and translator education. Language service provision in the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, University of Bath

1 Oct 20151 Oct 2019


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