Rebecca Tipton

Rebecca Tipton


  • Division of Languages and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile



I am a Lecturer in Interpreting and Translation Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.  I have been involved in translator and interpreter training for over a decade and worked as a freelance translator and interpreter prior to joining academia. My research on public service interpreting is aimed at shaping policy debates on reducing health and social inequalities for some of society’s most vulnerable service users and promoting quality interpreter-mediated services in statutory and non-statutory service contexts.
University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) – Member of the Executive Committee and Representative for the Translation and Interpreting Studies Constituency (2012-2015)
International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) – Secretary/Treasurer (since July 2016)
2012-present: Lecturer in Interpreting and Translation Studies, University of Manchester
2003-2012: Lecturer in French, University of Salford
1998-2003: Freelance interpreter and translator 
(2012) PhD in Interpreting Studies: ‘A Socio-theoretical Account of Interpreter-mediated Activity with Specific Reference to the Social Service Context: Reflection and Reflexivity’, University of Salford
Supervised by: Professor Myriam Salama-Carr and Professor Abigail Gregory
Examined by: Professor Ian Mason (Heriot-Watt University) and Professor Bogusia Temple (University of Central Lancashire)
(2005) Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Salford
(2000) Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, Local Government (Distinction in Interpreting), Chartered Institute of Linguists
(1999) MA in Interpreting and Translation (French/Spanish), University of Bradford
(1996) BA (Joint Hons) in Modern Languages (French/Spanish), University of Manchester

Research interests

My research interests include:

Theory and practice of public service and conference interpreting; sociology of the workplace; interpreting in social service contexts; the neutrality of the public sphere; migrant rights; third sector organisations; capacity planning, interpreting in situations of (violent) conflict, interpreting for survivors of domestic abuse

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester
  • Healthier Futures


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