Translation of research reports from English to French

Established in 1870, the University of Portsmouth is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, England. It is one of just four universities in the South-East region to have a gold rating from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The university is also ranked third of all modern post-92 universities in the UK for research power, which measures the quality and quantity of research.

They are currently taking part in a great initiative called the Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE). This is a collaborative project supporting women’s entrepreneurship in the UK and France. AWE is funded by the European Union’s Interreg programme.

The AWE programme aims to helps female founders develop entrepreneurial skills and access support to set up and grow their businesses.

University of Portsmouth

The research element of the AWE project in the UK is being overseen by the University of Portsmouth. This is where Surrey Translation Bureau (STB) came in.

Translation of research reports

The university team working on this project approached STB in early 2020 to discuss having their research findings translated. However, because of the uncertainties posed by the pandemic, the publication was pushed back.

Since 2021, STB has translated two reports from English into French. They highlight findings from research about gender bias in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, especially against disadvantaged female entrepreneurs.

“It has been a pleasure working with the Surrey Translation Bureau who have been very helpful and efficient. Their translation services have allowed us to share our research findings with a French-speaking audience which benefits a wider number of people.”

Given the importance of the findings for women in business in the UK and across the Channel, it was imperative that the translations were accurate and conveyed the message clearly. With this in mind, we suggested to the client that the translations should also be revised. The client was receptive to the idea and went ahead with translation and revision. Having a second native French linguist go through the translated text ensured it was fit for publication.

Collaborating in the future

We are really proud to be involved with this pioneering project and hope to continue the partnership until the end of the project in 2023. We also look forward to working on further research projects with the University of Portsmouth in the future.

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