In addition to being an academic, I am a professional interpreter and translator as well as a journalist. I am passionate about the subjects I teach and am able to bring to them an up to date, real-world view of the profession(s). My personal interests include politics and - in general - all things related to Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. I am a qualified football coach and have a keen interest in the vast majority of sports, particularly football, basketball and athletics. My work has taken me to over 50 countries the length and breadth of the world, including most of South America.
Because I truly enjoy passing on to others what I have been privileged to learn myself in the course of my professional and academic lives. There is nothing like the buzz that comes with a successful class!
"Nothing worth doing is ever easy"
With enthusiasm, careful planning and understanding, but also with a realistic perspective on what is required in the demanding disciplines I teach.
• 2010 – PhD in Spanish, University of Bradford (by thesis). Thesis title: ‘Defragmenting the portrait: Catalina Clara Ramírez de Guzmán, Extremadura’s ‘No Conocida Señora’ of the Golden Age’.
• 1987 – In-Service Training as Conference Interpreter, European Commission, Brussels
• 1983 – BA Jt. Hons French and Spanish, Queen’s University Belfast
I have taught on and/or led postgraduate and undergraduate courses in interpreting and translation at the Universities of La Laguna, Bradford and Leeds and been a visiting lecturer on programmes in universities in Portugal and Spain. Between 1999-2006, I provided regular pedagogical assistance on behalf of the European Parliament Directorate for Interpreting on interpreting courses at central and eastern European universities (in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia).
1988-98: Lecturer/Course Coordinator, M.A. in Conference Interpreting, University of La Laguna, Spain
2001-2004: Course Director and Senior University Teacher, M.A. in Interpreting and Translating, University of Bradford.
2004-2008: Lecturer (part-time), M.A. in Interpreting and Translating, University of Bradford
2010: Tutor, English Retour Interpreting Training Course for European Parliament staff interpreters, Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds.
2013-2014: Teaching Fellow in Interpreting, Centre for Translation Studies, University of Leeds.
1988-present: Freelance interpreter, accredited by European Commission and European Parliament. Interpreter at majority of Olympic Games since 1992. Personal interpreter for three Spanish Prime Ministers (1988-2006)
Freelance translator and Contract Translator (Spanish/French→English) for United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Translator of technical reports, ministerial conference addresses, political articles for media publication, etc for Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Environment (Spain).
2011-13 Media translator for Spanish newspaper. Translation and adaptation of a broad range of Spanish media texts (politics, economy, education, health) for publication in weekly English version of daily newspaper. Author of regular column (in Spanish) on current affairs and sport.
• Unit Leader, Spanish Pro 2 (Level 5) and Spanish Translation and Interpreting (Level 6)
• Departmental Schools Liaison Coordinator
Spanish, French, Portuguese
Translating and interpreting are often viewed as the ultimate test of one's knowledge of a language. The ability to convey written or orally information received accurately, convincingly and under pressure of time is one of the most valued traits of a good linguist. Learning how to do this is challenging but very rewarding, not to say exciting, and there is very little that beats the satisfaction of a job well done. These skills are very much in deand in the world of employment so why not enhance your prospects by studying these disciplines? You are guaranteed to learn a lot about your foreign language and your English, not to mention about yourself!
• Contextualising Foreign Language Learning (Level 4)
• Spanish Language (Level 5)
• Spanish Pro 2 (Level 5)
• Spanish Translation and Interpreting (Level 6)
• Independent Research Project (Dissertation) (Level 6)
I am happy to supervise dissertations in the fields of - among others - theoretical aspects of interpreting and/or translation, Golden Age literature, Spanish politics, media in Spain, sport and nationalism.
Previous B.A. dissertation supervision (examples):
• Aspects of humour in the Spanish subtitling of Friends
• Use of sport/football by the Franco regime for political aims
• Football and nationalism in Catalonia
At previous universities: Masters-level programmes in Interpreting and Translation
Previous MA dissertation supervision (selection):
• Consecutive interpreting as a training tool
• Extended translation with theoretical commentary
• The use of technology in the interpreting booth
My research focuses on a wide range of areas relating to interpreting and translation, Golden Age literature (particularly female authors and Extremadura), and sport in Spain. I am currently working on literary academies in 17th century Spain. I am particularly interested also in the use of interpreting in legal settings and the quality issues that arise in such contexts.
I collaborate with, among others, the popular academic online journal The Conversation, contributing articles on politics in Spain and Latin America. I have also collaborated with the EU-funded ORCIT (Online Resources for Conference Interpreter Training) project. I am working on a multi-disciplinary project on Spain’s La Vuelta cycling race and contribute to a popular blog called The Language of Football.
KP. McLaughlin, A. Borrachero Mendíbil (2010). Catalina Clara Ramírez de Guzmán, Obra Poética. Junta de Extremadura.
KP. McLaughlin Catalina Clara Ramírez de Guzmán: Llerena's Academy Poet?. Bulletin of Spanish Studies.
KP. McLaughlin (2009). Catalina Clara Ramírez de Guzmán y Vicente Díaz de Montoya: Un curioso intercambio literario. In: Silva de Estudios en Homenaje a Mariano Fernández Daza, IX Marqués de la Encomienda. Almendralejo: Centro Universitario Santa Ana, pp.269-280.
“Catalina Clara Ramírez de Guzmán: A Poet for All Occasions”, Second Durham-Northumbria Colloquium on Medieval and Golden Age Hispanic Studies, July 2017
“Interpreting as a language class activity: constructive or counterproductive?”, Networking Event for MFL Teachers, Manchester Metropolitan University, June 2017
'Translating for the Media: a hybrid profession', “3rd Annual Careers in Translation and Event”, University of Liverpool, April 2017
'Invisible Voices: the challenges of Diplomatic Interpreting', paper delivered at conference on “L’interculturel et ses langages”, University of Paris 7, Denis Diderot, March 2017
“Catalina Clara Ramírez de Guzmán and Literary Academies”, Golden Age Research Symposium, University College Cork, November 2016
“Bridging the gap: Translation in the language classroom”. Networking event for Modern Foreign Language teachers, Manchester, June 2016.
“Interpreting at Olympic Games”, 2nd Annual Careers in Translation and Interpreting Event. University of Liverpool, April 2016
“Troubleshooting note-taking issues in consecutive interpretation: methods and tools for diagnosis”, 5th IATIS Conference, Innovation paths in translation and intercultural studies, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, July 2015
“Diplomatic Interpreting”, Professionalisation Talk, University of Leeds, Centre for Translation Studies, November 2014 https://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/4016/prof_talk_report_diplomatic_interpreting
"Note-taking for cosecutive interpreting", Jornadas sobre Traducción e Interpretación, Xunta de Galicia, April 1990
Expert reviewer and stylistic corrector/proofreader for Comunicar
Reviewer for The Interpreter and Translator Trainer
Joint organiser of Tilting at Windmills: Cervantes 'Meets' Shakespeare 400 years on (April 2016). Shortlisted for Spain's official programme of commemorative events marking the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes.
As noted above, I am an active interpreter and translator. Many of my commissioned translations appear in academic journals in the fields of e.g. terrorism studies, soil science, education etc, or in official reports by international bodies.
Creator and funder of Annual Award for A-Level Spanish, Carrickfergus Grammar School
Close links to the translation/interpreting industry through professional practice and to media sector, also through practice.
As a correspondent, I am a regular contributor to media in UK and Spain on wide range of topical issues and current affairs. During 2016-17 I was a commentator and pundit for Spain's main TV sports show, Estudio Estadio, broadcasting live every week from Manchester on the Premiership and, in particular, the fortunes of the two Manchester clubs and their managers. Articles published in the Spanish media include several on the Manchester Arena bombing (May 2017).
Xavier Giralt Prize for Spanish, Queen's University Belfast
Visiting Lecturer in interpreting, M.A. in Conference Interpreting, Universidade do Minho (Portugal) 1998-2001
Member of Editorial Board of Bara Bara Comunicación, Spanish media group (multilingual newspapers/magazines)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Fellow and Chartered Linguist, Chartered Institute of Linguists