School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr JC Penet

Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies


After a stint as a lecturer at DCU (Dublin City University) and at the University of the West of England (Bristol), I joined Newcastle University back in 2010. I work in Translation Studies, which I teach at both UG and PG levels, and my research interest lies in the field of translator education.

Here in the School of Modern Languages, I am the Director of the BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (R9Q9).  Nationally, I am the President of APTIS (Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies, UK & Ireland). I am also a member of  EST-European Society for Translation Studies.

Current Roles and Responsibilities:

School of Modern Languages:

  • Degree Programme Director R9Q9 (BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting)
  • EMT (European Master's in Translation) Network Lead Contact for the SML (2014-date)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • UKPSF Professional Standards Advisor (PSA) (2014-date)
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning Faculty Committee (2020-)

External Roles:

  • President of APTIS (2017-date)
  • External Examiner: MA in Applied Translation, University of Leeds (2019-date)
  • External Examiner: MA in Translation (Distance Learning), The Open University (2020-date)

Honours and Awards:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award 2016
  • ULTSEC Innovation Fund Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)
  • Faculty Teaching Development Fund (2018, 2019)


Research Interests

I carry out action research in the field of translator education. Recent research projects have focused on employability in translator training (Translation Networks project) and intercultural competence as translator competence (NU InterComs project).

Funded projects

2017-19: ULTSEC-funded Strategic Project "NU InterComs - Developing Intercultural Competence in the University Community" led in collaboration with Sarah Graham (Combined Honours) and Patrick Rosenkranz (Psychology) (£9,990). This two-year, action research project used the latest research in intercultural communication to support the University's internationalisation strategy by creating an active space to work with home and international staff/students that enhances everyone's intercultural competence and delivers an inclusive learning experience.  More specifically, my strand of this innovative project explored and measures the impact of targeted interventions to raise IC awareness on a BA T&I programme over the two-year period.

Current research

Since March 2019, I have been part of a pan-European research project, CATO (Competence Awareness in TranslatiOn), that is looking at ways to measure and increase trainee translators' awareness of the translator competences they are developing while studying on a translation programme.

Esteem indicators

I am a peer reviewer for The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, Translation Studies,Translation Spaces and I also contribute book reviews to JoSTrans.


Module Leader for:

TRI1002 -  Translation Theory & Practice 1 

TRI2002 -  Translation Theory & Practice 2 

TRI4002 - Translation Theory & Practice 3 

SML8024 - Translator Entrepreneur (inactive 2020-21)

SML8025 -  Translating for a Big Institution: The EU - A Case Study (online module, semester 2)

IMiC "Interlingual Mediation in Context - French" (online course on translation as a profession for year abroad students)

Contributor to:

SML7001 - Translation Studies I

SML8012 - Translation Practice and Principles

SML8023 - Profession, Processes and Society in Translating and Interpreting

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Supervision:

- UG dissertation as part of SML4099 Final-Year Dissertation: I welcome enquiries from final year students who would like to complete a dissertation in the field of Translation Studies: translation theory, cultural aspects of translation, professional translating (translation and technology, translation project management, QA procedures etc.). If you're in your second year or doing your year abroad and you're thinking of completing a dissertation in this field, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

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

I would be interested in supervising postgraduate students in the field of translator education.