Imperial College London
Imperial College is ranked in the top ten universities of the world – 3rd in Europe and 5th in the world overall – according to the 2009 Times Higher Education Supplement league tables. Imperial College was established in 1907 in London’s scientific and cultural heartland in South Kensington and was an independent constituent part of the University of London up until the end of June 2007. With effect from 1 July 2007, the College has now withdrawn from the University of London to become wholly independent, to coincide with its Centenary year. Imperial has over 13,000 students from 158 different countries.
The quality of the College’s research has been judged consistently to be of the highest international standard and the proportion of income from research grants and contracts is one of the highest of any UK university.
Imperial College is a member of Capital-L, a consortium formed by the major London universities, dedicated to promoting the uptake of languages through activities in collaboration with schools. Funded by Capital-L, the Translation department has hosted a number of interactive workshops designed to increase awareness of the links between languages, science and technology. This network will allow us to reach a broad network of non-private schools in the region.
Given ICL’s field of expertise in the teaching and researching of sciences, the use of video sources and activities focused on science and technology will be promoted by ICL. In this sense, appropriate, innovative material will be developed and ICL will also review and evaluate available materials that can be sourced from EU existing sites or other educational / government related sites.
ICL, having substantial experience in subtitling, accessibility and FL-teaching, will contribute to the theoretical input on audiovisual translation, accessibility to people with sensory impairments and language acquisition. ICL will lead the task of dissemination (WP7) with the help of the rest of the participants. ICL will test the activities and the materials produced in WP4 in real-class scenarios to gauge their validity. The following languages can be catered: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese.
As far as the operational and financial management of the project is concerned, we will run it within the Translation Group of the Humanities Department. Support will be provided by the Translation administrator as well as the Humanities Department administrators.