Q. Who is Bristol Translates for?

A. The summer school is for Anglophones with an advanced knowledge of one or more other languages, whether undergraduates, graduates or others, including practising translators. This is both to develop participants’ skills and give them an insight into the profession of literary translator.

Q. Are the Bristol Translates workshops for translation between English and other languages?

A. No. They are only for translation from other languages into English.

Q. Are the Bristol Translates workshops only for translation from the languages listed?

A. Yes. Do consider applying for the multilingual workshop if your language is not listed, and keep an eye out next year as we like to vary the languages we offer.

Q. Do I need to do any preparation in advance?

A. The workshop texts will be emailed to attendees one month in advance to enable you to familiarise yourself with them, look up vocabulary terms and think about the challenges. You are not expected to translate them in advance, because this is what we’ll be doing in the workshops.


Q. Can I take part if I’m not based in the UK?   

A. Yes. Bristol Translation summer school is entirely online and participants are welcome to take part from anywhere in the world. Just make sure you set your clock to British hours! 

Q. May I attend Bristol Translates if English is not my mother tongue or language of habitual use? 

A. Only if you have excellent command of English. You may be asked to take a short test, and acceptance is at the discretion of the tutor in that language. Note that for Japanese, applicants should have at least Level 1 or 2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). 

Q. I am bilingual in English and another language. Am I eligible? 

A. Yes. 

Q. I am already studying/practising translation. Is this summer school for me? 

A. Yes: the programme is designed to be of interest to those with some translation experience, or a lot, or none. Is is an opportunity to work in a group situation under the supervision of leading professional translators. 

Q. Does Bristol Translates provide a translation qualification? 

A. No. There are many excellent translation courses in the UK and elsewhere which offer a full programme of study, including here at the University of Bristol. The summer school is intended to give a taste of good translation practice, and we hope that those whose appetite is whetted may think about pursuing their interest further. All students successfully completing the summer school will, however, be awarded a certificate signed by the co-directors.

Q. What does the course fee cover? 

A. The fee covers the workshops and attendance at the talks and panel sessions. 

Q. Can I attend just part of the summer school? 

A. We strongly discourage this, as the worskshop sessions will only be of real use if you attend the whole event. If you were to attend only part, you would still have to pay the fee in full. However the talks are free and open to non-participants. 

Q: May I attend Bristol Translates in the future as well or can I only attend once? 

A: You are welcome to attend as many times as you like. In fact, quite a few of our participants come back – some to keep working in the same language and others to practice working from another.  

Q: If my application is unsuccessful, may I try again next year? 

A: Absolutely! We know that circumstances change and translators work very hard to improve their skills. We will be very happy to consider another application from you.  

Cancellation and refunds

Q. What right do I have to cancel and will I receive a refund of my fee?

A. As outlined in our terms and conditions, you have the right to cancel and receive a refund of the fee within 14 days without giving any reason. We will consider refunds after the 14 days on a case by case basis and only in exceptional circumstances; we will not issue any refunds after 18 April 2022. We encourage attendees to notify us as soon as possible of any changes to their plans.

Please consult our terms and conditions for information about your right to a refund.

Please email any queries to bristol-translates@bristol.ac.uk

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