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Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner is a qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter registered with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD). Robert, who is native in both BSL and English, began his career as an interpreter in 1998, and his areas of specialism include broadcast media (BBC News), television production, video remote interpreting (with SignVideo), psychology, language processing, applied linguistics, mental health, policing and community & public services.

In 2017 Robert received the Association of Sign Language Interpreters Fellowship award and in 2010 was nominated for the Communication Professional of the Year Signature Awards. Robert is passionate about his work as an interpreter and is constantly thinking of ways to make interpreting matter and relevant to the people who use interpreting services.

In 2016, Robert began his PhD studies at School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh). The PhD project investigated the way video-mediated interpreting services may be utilised to facilitate access to Police Scotland services and the participation in police interviews of deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users in Scotland. This interdisciplinary study brought together aspects of intercultural communication and policing to examine how signed language interpreters mediated interaction through video technology. The objectives of the project are to produce recommendations for Police Scotland policy relating to when and how to make use of video-mediated interpreting with deaf BSL users; the technological set-up required to meet the needs of Police Scotland to ensure that deaf BSL users have appropriate access (which can benefit SignVideo and other video interpreting service providers); sign language interpreter training aimed at working in legal settings and video interpreting contexts.

Robert has made several contributions to the field of interpreting studies when he previously worked as a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University. Robert was involved with the European Commission funded research proejct Insign, Justisigns and the AHRC funded project Translating the Deaf Self.

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