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Press Release - 09 March 2009

Bath awarded studentships worth over £600,000 to train translators and architects of the future

The University of Bath has been awarded 55 studentships worth over £600,000 to help train translators and architects of the future.

The studentships, awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will run between 2009 and 2013 and support the student’s fees and living costs whilst undertaking their postgraduate study at the University.

Of the 55 students to be funded, 50 are awarded to the internationally recognised Masters programmes in Interpreting & Translation in the University’s Department of European Studies & Modern Languages.

The programme trains professional interpreters and translators to work in European institutions including the European Parliament, the European Commission and for the United Nations.

Elena Kidd, Director of Studies of Postgraduate Interpreting & Translation, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded 10 studentships a year.

“There is a chronic shortage in European institutions of native English interpreters and translators where the ever increasing number of documents produced by these institutions needs to be disseminated in English. This award recognised the importance of this profession and the high esteem in which the AHRC holds Bath.”

The AHRC award also recognises the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, which receives awards for its Masters programmes in conservation of historic gardens and cultural landscapes, and in historic buildings.

These programmes are run and directed by members of the University’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA).

Professor Paul Richens, the Director of CASA, said: “We are pleased that the AHRC recognises the excellent reputation and environment that CASA provides for its postgraduates.

“We hope to build on the awards made to us for our innovative Masters programme with further doctoral awards linked to our research, which leads the way in computer applications to research in architectural history, and contributes to national exhibitions such as those at the Royal Academy, Tate Britain and the National Maritime Museum.”

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