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Society & PolicyCommunication, Language and Translation

In this world of new borders and markets, academics investigating Communication, Language and Translation combine multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media, film, celebrity, literature, culture, linguistics, politics and memory in order to better understand the critical complexities and opportunities inherent in this shifting landscape.

The University offers a number of Masters programmes including the

We collaborate with a range of international partners including the National Museum of Scotland, the Glasgow Women’s Library and The Herald to develop our work in Social MediaPolitical Communications, Gender & Media, Literary Linguistics, Modern Languages and Translation Studies.

We have held a number of national and international research-based and practice-oriented events, and have supervised PhD students in film, women politicians in the Scottish media, body image and the media, and innovative storytelling.


Our research on Translation, Language and Communication has attracted national and international external funding, including RSE grants on Scottish and European Exchanges Then (1780-1914) and NowTackling Gender Inequalities in Scottish News, an AHRC-funded large grant on Fandom, Media and Gender in Scotland’s ‘National’ Game, a British Council grant on refugees and health communication, and a Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland grant on language, mediation  and the Belsen relief effort.

We have worked in a number of school, community, policy and cultural settings to contribute to, and inform, the teaching and understanding of society.

Our activities include:

  • Organising workshops and seminars
  • Developing international collaborations and networks
  • Working with museums and libraries
  • Hosting the Language Ambassadors Programme
  • Collaborating with policy makers
  • Hosting readings and other public events
  • Mentoring vulnerable young people in secondary schools


Communication, language & translation coordinator