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Languages ‘Step-Up’ at Cardiff

14 August 2009

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, a flagship centre for language courses across south-east Wales, has been given the green light to run interpreting courses, with confirmation of funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.

The Assembly will fund a community-based project that is due to start in Cardiff at the end of 2009, with plans to expand to other key cities in Wales as the project progresses.

The project, run in collaboration with the Wales Interpreter and Translation Service offers a unique opportunity within the UK for Wales to develop an interpreter training programme that is fully integrated with the needs of both those who require interpreters and those who employ interpreters.

Louise Gray, Widening Access Manager at the Centre, said: "The money from the Communities First Funding will help develop effective partnerships with community organisations, such as Cardiff's Ethnic Minority Community First and Local Partnership Group. It will also bring together a range of education providers as well as employers, such as the NHS, schools, police, courts and Cardiff County Council. This collaborative work combined with the results it will provide meets the objectives of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Transformation Agenda."

It is planned that Step-Up to Interpreting, a 10 week short course to develop the skills required to study the diploma course, will begin in November and the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, a two year part-time course to prepare interpreters for the exam for an internationally recognised qualification, will start early next year.

The Interpreting programme adds to the extensive list of language opportunities already on offer at the Centre. These include a range of different levels of entry across languages, including French, German, Spanish and Chinese, whereby students can gain internationally recognised language qualifications.

1. Step - UP to Interpreting: October 2008

A 10 week short course to develop the skills required to study the DPSI course. This will include:

• Study skills

• Brush-up of English language related to DPSI

• IT skills - including use of the internet and University facilities

Number of places and course fees will depend on funding

Diploma in Public Service Interpreting or DPSI: Jan 2009

A 2- year part-time course to prepare interpreters for the exam for an internationally recognized qualification, the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) will start in Jan 2009. Students will need to apply and be interviewed for places on the course.

For further details visit: or contact Louise Gray at, Tel: 029 2087 5329.

2.Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at:

Jayne McGill

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University

Tel: 029 2087 6342


Victoria Dando,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

Tel: 029 2087 9074