SMLC Newsletter Issue 10, Winter Edition 2017

SMLC Newsletter Issue 10, Winter Edition 2017

Issued: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:00 GMT

This final edition of our 2017 SMLC Newsletter comes out at the end of what has been a transitional year for the School. Apart from easing into my own role as Head of School, taking over from the Acting Head of School, Professor Michael Syrotinski, our Head of School Administration has also passed from Nikki Dutton, who resigned her position earlier in the year, to Marie Meechan, who has ably replaced her. My heartfelt thanks are due to Michael for his valuable mentoring and patience during the first semester. Thanks to both Marie and Teresa Newman for their great professionalism. I feel very supported in my new role. Thanks are also due to many other colleagues who have assisted me to settle into post, such as Dr Jackie Clarke, Dr Eanna O’Ceallachain and Professor Paul Bishop, to name a few. My experience this semester with both my administrative and academic staff has been a very positive one and I look forward to us enjoying working together at SMLC in the years to come.


As happens every year, some valued colleagues have departed to pastures new, while new colleagues have arrived to deliver the same high level of teaching, research, scholarship and administration their predecessors provided. To those who have moved on to new posts elsewhere, we wish you all the best for your future careers. To our new colleagues, we welcome you warmly and hope you settle into your new home in SMLC, finding the same mutual cooperation and support I have experienced here.


Among the many achievements to be celebrated this year is the excellent outcome of the National Student Survey for the Italian language programme, which attracted 100% student satisfaction for its undergraduate provision. This national recognition rightly acknowledges the hard work all the staff have put in to achieve the current excellence of the Italian programme. Other highlights of the SMLC year have included the exciting events organized surrounding the Centenary celebrations of Russian teaching at Glasgow University, arranged by our colleagues in Russian. Another anniversary celebration, this time relating to the German language area, has been that of Luther’s 500th birthday, which has generated several fascinating talks. The English Academic Study area has also seen huge success with a record number of 750 students attending the presessional summer programme preparing students from abroad to study at Glasgow University. Translation Studies has been going from strength to strength at Glasgow, and has now expanded into China with the launch of the MSc Translation Studies Nankai and the first teaching of courses at Nankai University. Among the other interesting events we hope will attract your interest in the newsletter are the Argentinian Film Festival and The Truest Mirror of Life exhibition.


I would like to wish everyone a joyful and restful festive holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to us joining together as a School to celebrate many more successes and exciting events in 2018.
With a
ll good wishes,


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