The ITI Wessex Regional Group (ITI WSX) serves the needs of working and student translators and interpreters living in the Wessex region (including, but not limited to, the core counties of Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire). It has existed for many years as a platform to organise social and professional events. It comprises around 40 members who work with a wide range of language pairs and specialisms.

We arrange events roughly every couple of months throughout our region. Such events have included CPD workshops, language “slams”, tours of local attractions, walks, visits to pubs and other social events. Our members are generally pleased to be encouraged not only to come up with ideas for events but also to run them!

We also have a Facebook group where we share best practice and post news about our group and the wider world of translation.

In previous years, we have run a CAT tools workshop in IKEA, Southampton, held a couple of translation “mini-slams” at members’ homes, held a panel session with students at Portsmouth University, visited the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery, held a treasure hunt in the New Forest and enjoyed lively meals at Christmas and at our AGM.

In 2019 we organised a walk on the Dorset coast, tours of Old Portsmouth and Salisbury Cathedral, held a technical translators’ exchange, two translation “slams” and a CAT tools workshop.

In 2020, despite the pandemic, we organised 14 events. Of these, 9 were Zoom get-togethers. To view them go to our calendar and select last year’s date range.

Plans for 2021 are listed on the calendar.

We have close links with the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth, in association with Sarah Bawa-Mason, Chair of ITI (2016-2019) and Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies. Our individual and corporate members have contributed to the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, providing guidance on real-world situations in the sector along with mentoring, guidance and encouragement when embarking on a career in translation and interpreting.

We’ve recently drawn up a Constitution to help us to formalise what is the purpose, role and responsibilities of our group.

Joining us means that you get to meet other translators and interpreters living and working in your area. We are a very friendly group and welcome newcomers. Whether you are well-established or new to translation or interpreting, we’d love to welcome you to one of our events.

For more information and apply to join us, please email our Coordinator.

Membership costs only £10 a year with a reduced rate of £5 for student or retired members, plus an additional £10 a year for qualified translators and interpreters (with either MITI or FITI status) to advertise on our website.