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Dr Sally Wagstaffe, BA, PhD Dunelm

Associate Professor (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43448
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 43421
Room number: A46, Elvet Riverside I

(email at sally.wagstaffe@durham.ac.uk)

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I completed my undergraduate degree and my PhD here in Durham and have been teaching in the department since 1991. Before joining MLAC, I worked on a number of projects in the University's School of Education.

As Deputy Director of the MA in Translation Studies I maintain our links with the European Commission's Directorate General for Translation (DGT) and with partner institutions in the EMT (European Masters in Translation) network, with the Chartered Institute of Linguists and with placement providers in UK and Europe. I am careers liaison officer for MLAC.

In terms of scholarship, I have particular interests in the pedagogy of language learning, in translator training, in the use of ICT, especially for developing skills in translation and interpreting, in project-based learning and employability. I am working with two colleagues on the third edition of Thinking French Translation: A course in translation method, to be published by Routledge. I am also working with a team from Durham University Museums on the development and evaluation of a translation placement scheme, supported by an Enhancing the Student Learning Experience award. 



  • French Language 2 (FREN2051)*
  • French Translation (FREN3051)*
  • French Interpreting (FREN3331)


  • Specialised Translation (French<>English) (MELA41830)*
  • Translation Work Placement (MELA43615)*
  • Research Skills for Translation Studies (MELA44615)
  • Translation projects (MELA41430, MELA40260)

 * module coordinator

Professional memberships and qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Linguist (CL)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MIL)
  • Member of the European Society of Translation Studies
  • Master 2 professionnel FLES (Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont) / CAVILAM Alliance Française (Vichy))
  • IoLET Diploma in Translation (DipTrans)
  • IoLET Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI)

Grants and awards

  • 2015 Enhancing the Student Learning Experience award
  • 2012 Enhancing the Student Learning Experience award
  • 2006 Excellence in Teaching award

Research Groups

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Research Interests

  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Language teaching