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by AUSIT National President Dr Rocco Loiacono
Sandra (right) during the ceremony, with the Academy’s President Joy Damousi

In November our immediate past president, Professor Sandra Hale, completed the formalities to her 2016 election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities by signing the Academy’s Fellows’ Book. This honour recognises her tireless dedication to the T&I profession over some thirty years, the outstanding contribution she has made to the discipline, and the high regard in which she is held by her peers in the humanities community, both nationally and abroad. A Fellow of AUSIT since 2013 and its National President 2014–17, Sandra is also the co-convenor of UNSW’s Linguistics and Interpreting and Translation programs. A pioneer in community interpreting pedagogy and research, she holds a PhD in court interpreting / forensic linguistics (2001). Further acknowledgement of Sandra’s standing saw her awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Antwerp (2014). She is currently engaged in several major research projects into aspects of interpreting in court, police and medical settings, and was recently involved in the development of the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Australian Courts and Tribunals. Sandra is regularly invited to be keynote speaker at international conferences, and to speak to the judiciary about interpreting issues. She has also authored and co-authored numerous publications on interpreting, and continues to practise as a conference interpreter.

As you can see, Sandra is indeed deserving of election as a Fellow of the Academy, and AUSIT warmly congratulates her on this achievement.