Interpreting students celebrate their success at Wales’ first Public Service Interpreting examination centre

Interpreting students celebrate their success at Wales’ first Public Service Interpreting examination centre

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning celebrated the success of their first cohort of Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) students at their annual Award Ceremony on Friday 16th March.

Interpreting students celebrate their success at Wales’ first Public Service Interpreting examination centre

Interpreting students celebrate their success at Wales’ first Public Service Interpreting examination centre

Some of the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting graduates, with CI Tony Wilcox and Zora Jackman (back row, far right) Elsa Cowie (front row far right).

Elsa Cowie, the Centre’s Academic Lead for Public Service Interpreting, said: “I am delighted to see our DPSI students enjoying the ceremony and being rewarded for all their hard work.”

The Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning became an examination Centre for the DPSI in Wales last year.

Elsa Cowie explained: “There was a real demand for the DPSI as it is a national qualification which many public bodies prefer interpreters to achieve before assigning work. In Wales, there are currently only 26 people on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) for which the DPSI is the main requirement, so the demand is there.”

Around 100 students completed the first year’s courses. Not only has the programme received high praise from students, but professionals working in the industry have noticed the positive impact it has made already.

Chief Inspector Tony Wilcox, Executive Manager of Wales Interpretation and Translation Service (WITS) and a special guest at the Award Ceremony, said: “Between 2005 and 2009 there was little change in the number of qualified interpreters living in Wales who had passed police security checks and could work for the police. In Nov 2009 there were 22 such qualified interpreters in Wales, they covered 15 languages between them. Now there are 41 qualified interpreters living in Wales who have passed police security checks and can work for the police, they cover 20 languages between them.

“The most recent increase is entirely due to the courses run at Cardiff University.
Last year’s increase also reflects people who had attended courses run by Cardiff University and at WITS offices. Please pass on our appreciation to all those involved in the hard work with the students, and also our congratulations to those receiving awards tonight,” he added.

In addition to the DPSI students, over fifty students received awards from Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning in a variety of subject areas including: Humanities, Computer Studies, Science and Environment, Business Studies, Social Studies and languages. Louise Ackland who received a Foundation Certificate in Social Studies at the centre commented “The evening was a great chance to celebrate my achievement with my family, fellow students and tutors, studying at the centre has been a one of the best things I have done. The tutors and centre staff are so supportive they have made my going into higher education as a ‘mature’ student that little bit less scary. I would recommend studying at the centre to everyone even if it is just for the experience.”

For more information on the part-time courses offered at the Centre visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn.