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Alumni

Rachel Albinson, MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies (2013)

Rachel studied for her undergrad degree here before returning a couple of years later to complete her MA. She was drawn by the reputation of the Centre for Translation Studies and love for languages.
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Katie Aldred, BA French and Italian (2010)

Italian and French graduate Katie tells us about her time at Leeds, the value of the year abroad, and how she is using the skills she developed at Leeds in her current job.
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Rachel Ball, MA Applied Translation Studies

Rachel has very much enjoyed life as a Postgraduate student at Leeds and talks about all of the activities that she has been involved in.
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Ryan Bury, MA Applied Translation Studies

Ryan talks about how he uses the skills and knowledge that he acquired at Leeds in his career.
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Petra Desatova, BA International Relations & Thai and South East Asian Studies (2011)

My internship at the Office of Educational Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, in London was a very precious experience that gave me chance to work on various projects, therefore contributed to my personal as well as professional development.
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Ben Devere White, Alumni - Linguistics and Thai

Joint Honours graduate Ben talks about the sense of satisfaction when learning the Thai language.
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Charlie Drury, BA Thai and Southeast Asian Studies, MA by Research in Thai Studies

Charlie graduated in 2011 after completing her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University. She now works for a London-based charity and visits Thailand regularly as part of her job.
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Carly Ellis, BA French (2013)

Carly graduated in 2013 and talks about how her degree has helped her career.
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Sue Fortescue, MA Audiovisual Translation Studies

Sue talks about how she decided to return to the University to study for a Masters after retiring.
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Juvaria Hassan, MA Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (2015)

Juvaria completed her undergraduate degree at Leeds before returning to study for a Masters. She talks about the extra activities and events that were available to her whilst she was here.
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Rebecca Ireland, MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies (2 languages)

Rebecca studied MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies.
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Sam Knight, BA Arabic and French (2012)

Arabic and French graduate Sam Knight talks about his study abroad in Morocco and France, and about life after graduation - with some advice for future students.
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Siyuan Li 李思远, MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies; current PhD student in East Asian Studies and Centre for International Business

Siyuan, who is now studying for a PhD at Leeds, talks about studying for an MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies.
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Nicholas Loubere, Associate Researcher - White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC)

Nicholas Loubere is an Associate Senior Lecturer in the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, and an Associate Researcher in the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC).
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Holly McKenzie, BA Chinese (Modern) 2013

Holly speaks about working for the British Council.
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Sanah Mehnaz, BA Islamic Studies, MA Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (2015)

Sanah talks about the broad range of topics that were available to her at Leeds during her undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
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Naoki Mita, MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies (2013)

Naoki completed the MA Professional and Intercultural Studies in 2013. Read the story.
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Yu Mizuno, MA Professional Languages and Intercultural Studies (2012)

MAPLIS graduate Yu talks about the course and how it offered the opportunity to take modules from a variety of departments at the University.
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Gianmarco Morassutti Vitale, BA Arabic and Politics (2014)

Gianmarco talks about life and his career after graduation.
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Chris Neil, MA Translation Studies (Arabic) (2012)

I joined the British Council graduate scheme on a role in Libya.
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Jennifer Nelson, PhD student

The Mixed Commissions for the abolition of the slave trade in Rio de Janeiro and Havana in the nineteenth century.
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Olivia Ogilvie, BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (2013)

Olivia graduated in 2013 and now works in the United Arab Emirates.
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Ira Ortigosa, MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies - Bidirectional

Ira spent a year completing her MA and enjoyed joining the different societies at Leeds, found the interpreting facilities here to be great and describes the city as lively! Read her story here
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Danielle Palhares de Almeida, MA Audiovisual Translation (2015)

Danielle talks about why she chose Leeds to study for her Masters.
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Cristina Pennisi, MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies (2015)

Christina talks about how her year at Leeds studying for an MA has supported her career.
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Pier Pischedda, Tutor in Linguistics and Translation Studies

Semantics; sound symbolism; Disney comics/movies; translation; diachronic linguistics; CAT tools; phonetics and phonology
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Luke Postlethwaite, Alumnus - PhD

Beyond the Baustelle: Redefining Berlin's contemporary cinematic brand as that of a global media city
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Hamzah Potia, BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (2010)

Recent graduate Hamzah tells us his favourite part of his degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and his career plans now he has graduated.
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Paul Raymond, BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (2008)

Paul talks about how learning Arabic helped him secure a job in journalism.
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Neil Reith, Alumni - BA Thai and South East Asian Studies

Neil describes how his degree in Thai and South East Asian Studies led to his career with the British Council and the option in working in over 50 different countries
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Jenny Rush, BA International Development & Thai & South East Asian Studies

Jen talks about how her use and knowledge of the Thai language helped her to find a great job in a Canadian language school after graduation.
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Abdurraouf Shitaw, PhD Student Alumni

Phonetics; phonology; Arabic
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Xiaoyu Song, MA Conference Interpreting and Translation (2013)

Xiaoyu graduated in 2013 after completing her MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies. She describes Leeds as a lovely and vibrant city and found the EU tutors on the course very impressive
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Mayuri Sriparam, Alumni - BA Spanish and Arabic (2014)

A modern languages degree opens up many doors in terms of international work experience.
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Nick Stallman, BA Russian & Linguistics (2008)

I graduated from Leeds way back in 2008.
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Carmen Swanwick-Roa, MA Applied Translation Studies (2013)

Carmen studied MA Applied Translation Studies and found the focus on vocational skills in the course, such as computer-aided translation, to be fantastic. She describes Leeds as a great place to live.
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Haolin Tian, MA Chinese Business and the Asia Pacific (2013)

International student Haolin Tin completed the MA Chinese Business and the Asia Pacific course in 2013.
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Chris Ward, Alumni - MA Applied Translation (Spanish & Portuguese), 2013

The British Council Graduate Scheme was looking for young people with top-level language skills and experience living and working abroad, and having spent several years in Latin America, I thought this sounded ideal.
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Daniel Whitehouse, Alumni - BA Thai and South East Asian Studies

Studying Thai and South East Asian Studies at Leeds provided me with a wealth of opportunities, experiences and abilities that will be invaluable throughout my life and future career.
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Robert Wilson, BA Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (2014)

Robert talks about the diverse range of modules that were available for his undergraduate degree.
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Guangcheng Xue, MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies (2013)

Guangcheng came to Leeds to study MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies as he knew the course was recommended by AIIC.
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Roxanne Youman, MA Professional Languages and Intercultural Studies (2014)

Roxanne talks about what drew her to study an MA in Professional Languages and Intercultural Studies.
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Michael Zdanowski, PhD in Russian and Slavonic Studies

Michael shares his experience as an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Leeds and shares his experience of interviewing leading government officials during his year abroad!
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