Celebrating the work of ITI networks
Written by Catherine Park
ITI’s Networks play an important role for translators and interpreters in a variety of ways, including networking, support, mentoring and professional development events.
One way in which the Institute has recognised the importance and value of these achievements is with the Regional Groups and Networks – Best Event or Initiative award category in the ITI Awards. And the diversity of groups’ achievements is also illustrated by the winners and special commendations from when this award was first introduced in 2017.
Winner: ITI Northern Ireland
The award was made to ITI Northern Ireland for their translation and interpeting conference. This was a large undertaking for a relatively new group, where there was no precedent for achieving the planned levels of attendance and funding. The event was fully booked; achieved a budgetary surplus; built a relationship with Queens University; led to a 30% increase in group membership; and enhanced cross-border participation, with many attendees travelling from the Republic of Ireland.
Special commendation: ITI Interpreters' Development Network
This commendation was for the network's online webinar programme, developed to support the UK interpreter community and provide easily accessible CPD.
Special commendation: ITI North-East Regional Group
The North-East Regional Group were recognised for The Women Translators who shaped International Literature - a collaborative exhibition in the City of Newcastle's Eldon Gardens shopping centre. On view to the general public, it occupied the prominent window of the city's specialist multi-lingual library.
Winner: North West Translators’ Network
NWTN introduced a Social Saturday format that has boosted attendance at meetings, increased Network participation and encouraged membership of NWTN and ITI. Members could combine continuing professional development with a shopping trip or a night out, and while they acquired new skills and network in a relaxed, friendly environment, their family members could enjoy sightseeing in Manchester.
Winner: ITI Western Regional Group
The ITIWRG organised translation slams in Bristol and Bath that helped to promote strong working relationships with the academics responsible for translation courses at the universities in these two cities. The slams also complemented students’ academic learning by giving them insights into the types of text a professional commercial translator might be asked to translate.
Special commendation: ITI Cymru Wales
This commendation was for the group’s co-working initiative. The group’s co-working days have become very popular with local professionals – reducing isolation, increasing cohesion and strengthening the status of the profession at the local level.
Winner: ITI Medical Network
The award was made to the ITI Medical Network for its workshop on 'Acute Medicine – assessment and diagnosis’ held in September 2016 at University College London School of Pharmacy. The workshop, led by a senior consultant in the field, allowed both experienced and beginning translators to learn and benefit from key terminology and information essential for producing accurate and quality translations.
Special commendation: ITI Spanish Network
The Spanish Network received a special commendation for its mentoring scheme which has been running successfully for a number of years. The scheme was initially conceived to fill a gap in feedback for new translators who were starting to look for work but unsure they were good enough to work in the market. It offers reassurance to new translators while also developing the skills of more experienced translators in giving feedback.
Special commendation: Yorkshire Translators and Interpreters
The group received a special commendation for its scheme offering its members bursaries to attend ITI’s biennial conference. Key aims of the scheme include encouraging less-experienced members to attend a national event and providing financial support to members who are at a stage in their career when they have less disposable income.
And let's not forget the award success of the Italian Network in 2017. They actually won in the Innovation category but their achievement was also an excellent example of an initiative that met the CPD and networking needs of their members. Their new online community had a number of positive outcomes, including a higher proportion of younger members for the group, more members overall, and higher levels of interaction and participation.
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