University of Birmingham

New Linguistics Suite for Interpreting Studies

Project Details

Major refurbishment of the Old Harding Library Building at the University of Birmingham includes a high-end Interpreter Training Suite & Mock Court Room (which can be coupled and extended with additional audience participation), to support a new MA for Interpreting Studies.

During several years of planning & design work together, the University selected Televic to fit out the Suites, which include professional facilities for 16 interpreters & 16 delegate places with integrated teaching & learning software for training & assessment of students.

The facilities have been developed specifically for interpreter training, including Televic’s award-winning Interpreter Desk, delegate units with headphones & microphones, a table camera to stream and record
delegate/conference speeches, & booth cameras to record interpreting performance.

The Suite provides eight interpreting booths, each of which seats two students, allowing them to work side-by side as interpreters & recreate a real-world interpreting experience.

As well as accommodating 16 delegate positions within the Suite itself, it is connected to the Law Moot Room next door which has been fitted with audience participation equipment, giving students an opportunity
to interpret meetings.

The suite will be used by students on the new English-Chinese Interpreting with Translation MA programme (from September 2018), as well as students on a range of other modules within the undergraduate Modern Languages programmes.

Our purpose-built Interpreting Suite provides students with state-of-the-art facilities for training in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting, using specialist Televic interpreting equipment.

Dr Emma Tyler
Department of Modern Languages