School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr JC Penet

Lecturer in French and Translation Studies


I joined the School of Modern Languages in September 2010. Prior to my appointment at Newcastle University, I worked as a Lecturer in French Studies at Dublin City University and at the University of the West of England, Bristol. My current teaching is mainly in the areas of French and Translation Studies, at both UG and PG levels. I now research language learning and teaching and translation pedagogy, and I am very active in the field of learning and teaching at faculty/university and national level. I am a member of the European Society for Translation Studies.


Roles and Responsibilities

School of Modern Languages:

French Language Coordinator

SML Employability Officer (2012-present)

Member of the School's Learning and Teaching Committee (2015-present)

EMT (European Master's in Translation) Network Lead Contact for the SML (2014-present)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS):

Faculty Programme Liaison Officer for the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) (2014-present)


Co-founder and Committee Member of peer educator network Newcastle Educators and its "Edubites" (2012-present) - 2016-17: "Teaching Excellence Series"

HaSS representative on Taught Programmes Sub-Committee (2016-19)

Permanent Member of ePortfolio UG/PGT Management Group (2013-present)


Qualifications and Professional Recognition

PhD in Franco-Irish Studies (2010, Dublin) 

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Academic Practice (2012, Newcastle University)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

Honours and Awards

Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award 2016

ULTSEC Innovation Fund Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)


French Studies: 

FRE1071 - Level B HE Intermediate French General Language (Grammar Lecture)

Translation Studies:

TRI1112 -  Translation Theory & Practice 1 (Module Leader)

TRI2112 -  Translation Theory & Practice 2 (Module Leader)

SML7001 - Translation Studies 1

SML8008 - Translation Studies 2

SML8012 - Translation Practice and Principles

SML8018 -  Translating for the European Union's Institutions (Module Leader)


I also supervise:

- UG dissertation as part of SML4099 - Final-Year Dissertation - I am eager to supervise students working on topics related to Translation Studies or on religious/political aspects of contemporary France.

- MA dissertations/projects in Translation Studies as part of SML8016-Translation Project and SML8098 Dissertation.





Research Interests

- Language learning and teaching: learner motivation, leaner autonomy, inclusive language learning, language learning and employability, intercultural awareness

- Translation pedagogy: Translation and employability (Translation Networks project)

- The interaction between religion and politics in modern and post-modern French and Irish societies;


Current PhD Supervision:

Magennis, Daniel. ‘Representing the "Troubles" in French literature and media cultures’ co-supervised with Dr Dominique Jeannerod, Modern Languages (QUB) and Dr Andrew Pepper, English (QUB) and funded by Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.