School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Fred Wu

Senior Lecturer in Translating & Interpreting



Dr Wu joined Newcastle University in 1998 as a lecturer on the Postgraduate Programme in Translating and Interpreting and the Undergraduate Chinese Language Programme. Before that, Dr. Wu worked as a lecturer at the English Department of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Taiwan. He was also Director of the Szu-yuan Translation Service, which is affiliated to Wenzao; this post involved managing translation and interpreting projects, recruiting translators/interpreters, and overseeing the College's translation internship programme. Since he joined the T&I Postgraduate Programme, Dr. Wu has been developing and teaching the interpreting modules as well as developing assessment materials and procedures for interpreting exams.


PhD, Newcastle University, UK
  Thesis title: Assessing Simultaneous Interpreting
                    - a study on test reliability and examiners' assessment behaviour

MA in Translation and Interpretation
  Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA

MA in East Asian Studies
  St. John's University, USA

BA in English
  Tamkang University, Taiwan

Previous Positions

Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Modern Languages (2012)

Degree Programme Director of MA in Translating and Interpreting, School of Modern Languages (2007-2012) 

External examiner of MA courses in translation and interpreting
1. Westminster University (2006-2011)
2. Middlesex University (2007-09)
3. Manchester University (2012-13)

Lecturer, English Department, and
Director, Szu-yuan Translation Centre (1993-1998)
Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Mandarian Chinese, Taiwanese, English


Research Interests

Interpreter and translator education/course design/pedagogy, testing/assessment and quality assurance issues of interpreting examinations

Postgraduate Supervision

Research student advisor on T&I related studies


2008 UTLC Innovation Fund on developing training materials for public service interpreting

2006 UTLC Innovation Fund on developing a web-based digital multi-media delivery platform for interpreting and language teaching and learning.


Postgraduate Teaching

Introduction to Interpreting
Consecutive Interpreting
Simultaneous Interpreting
Bi-lateral Interpreting
MA T&I dissertation/project supervision