Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Elena Kidd

Elena Kidd

Course Director for MA in Interpreting and Translating European Stream
Course Director for MA in Translation and Professional Language Skills

1 West North 4.33
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6189


Elena joined the Department in 2006 and was the Director of Studies for Postgraduate Interpreting and Translation from 2007-2011.

She has over 20 years of extensive conference interpretation and translation experience in the private and institutional markets in Europe and Russia, including the Gorbachev Foundation where she interpreted conferences and meetings involving President Mikhail Gorbachev.

As a freelance interpreter, Elena Kidd worked at the highest level for a number of government bodies, financial institutions and banks, such as:

  • The Ministry of Finance of Russia
  • The Ministry of Finance of Sweden
  • The World Bank
  • Experian UK
  • The US Department of the Treasury
  • KPMG and others

As a senior interpreter of the Finance Academy of the RF Government, she interpreted specialist meetings involving: UK Chartered Institute of Bankers, UK Chartered Insurance Institute, UK Chartered Institute of Accountants, The London Institute of Underwriters, The Association of British Insurers, The Lloyds of London and others.

She specialises in banking & finance, securities & exchanges, insurance, accounting and auditing. She holds a Certificate from Comité Européen des Assurances (Brussels) which authorises her to interpret conferences and seminars in the field of insurance.


Elena Kidd acts as the Course Director for the European Stream of the MA Interpreting & Translating and the MA Translation & Professional Language Skills.


Elena teachers all Russian interpreting units and contributes to the following lectures:

  • Public speaking
  • Institutions of the European Union
  • Economics and Globalisation