Scottish Society

Founded in 1982 by the late Ruth Robertson MCIL, the Scottish Society meets four times a year – normally in February, May, September and November – with the AGM being held as part of the November meeting. To accommodate as many members as possible, the Society rotates its venues across Scotland.

About 300 CIOL members living and working in Scotland are members of the Scottish Society benefitting from a variety of activities which include guest speakers, networking opportunities, Continuing Professional Development events, visits to places of interest and social meet-ups. Non-CIOL members are also welcome to attend events, which will be published on these Scottish Society web pages and Eventbrite.

The Scottish Society publishes a regular newsletter, typically containing an account of the previous event, details of coming events, a feature on some aspect of language and, wherever possible, small contributions from members. 

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Role Bio



Paul obtained a first class MA (Hons) in Foreign Languages and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages as a mature student at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh where he also spent his year abroad teaching English and studying at the Universidad de Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. He joined the CIOL in 2010 as a student and qualified as a Member in 2015 while working as a translation project manager for a learning and development company in Dundee. He is also a freelance translator, Spanish tutor and the Chair of the CIOL’s Scottish Society.

Ms Mhairi YOUNG

MA (Hons) ACIL

Committee member

Mhairi gained an MA (Hons) degree in Russian in 2009 from St Andrews University which she then taught for a few years at Kinross Learning Centre, a satellite of Perth College UHI; she is now retired. She has also used her Russian in hosting children from the Chernobyl affected areas of Belarus, over several summers and by teaching English to Russian children at summer camp in Siberia, and on Olkhon Island, right in the middle of Lake Baikal! She has also dabbled in other Eastern European Languages, along with high school French and German. She is currently trying to learn Spanish. Mhairi joined CIOL as a student member in 2008, and became an associate in 2013. She joined the Scottish Society in 2009 and became a committee member in 2014.



Committee member

Eneida (EN, FR & CAT into SPA) obtained both her BSc (Hons) in Translation and Interpreting and PGCE from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She then completed an MSc in International and European Studies at the University of Valencia before moving to London for a year. Eneida has also lived and studied in Prague and Moscow and became a ‘new Scot’ in 2007. She holds an MSc in Translation and Conference Interpreting from Heriot-Watt University and is devoted to raising interpreting standards. Eneida joined CIOL in 2010 (MCIL, ACIL) is a Chartered Linguist (Interpreter) and has been involved with the DPSI exams since 2011.



Committee member

Pat is an experienced copy-editor and proofreader, a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and author of an SfEP handbook, Theses and Dissertations: Checking the Language (SfEP, 2010). Her main language is French but she has added to this in a series of CPD/lifelong learning initiatives Italian stage1 (Open University), and now a newly awarded stage 2 Certificate in German (University of Dundee). Like many of her fellow linguists, she also blesses Latin for the ability to know the meaning of many other words!

Mrs Marjorie MACRAE


Treasurer None provided

Date: Saturday 25 November 2017
Venue: Edinburgh

Who has the authority to speak? – Linguistic intolerance, anonymity and monolingual regimes

Presentation by Professor Bernie O’Rourke, Heriot-Watt University, on Minority Languages.


Over recent decades there have been important changes taking place in the linguistic ecologies of contemporary societies. This is as a result of...

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Date: Saturday 17 February 2018
Venue: Dundee

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018
Venue: Edinburgh

Date: Saturday 22 September 2018
Venue: Perth

Date: Saturday 17 November 2018
Venue: Glasgow

The Scottish Society runs a variety of professional development events, benefitting CIOL members and non-members alike. Click an event to see its original listing and, if applicable, event reports and downloadable materials: