THE INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS
Royal Charter for Linguists
20 July 2005
At a meeting of the Privy Council on 19 July 2005 HM Queen Elizabeth II graciously granted the petition of the Institute of Linguists to incorporate as The Chartered Institute of Linguists.
The Institute intends formally to commence operating as the Chartered Institute of Linguists from 1st September 2005, falling in line with the start of its financial year. The petition also empowers the new Chartered Institute to confer the status of “Chartered Linguist” upon suitably qualified linguists across the profession. In this regard consultation with professional colleagues in other relevant membership bodies will continue, with a view to offering the distinguished designation in the near future.
Responding to the decision, Mr. John Hammond, Chairman of the Council of the Institute of Linguists, said: “We are delighted that Her Majesty in Council has seen fit to confer this significant honour upon us. It will materially assist us to enhance regulation and uniform standards for all those working as professional linguists, as well as emphasising the importance of the profession and languages within the community generally. We have received a warm message of congratulations from our Royal Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.”
Mr. Henry Pavlovich, Chief Executive of the Institute of Linguists, said: “This is a major step forward for the public and people working with or through languages. The award of a Royal Charter is a mark of approbation for the profession. We hope that linguists everywhere will wish to consider individual chartered status in their own right whether or not they become members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.”
Institute of Linguists (IoL)
The Institute of Linguists is the UK’s only national and international body serving all professional linguists (translators, interpreters, Modern Foreign Language educationalists and those in Business, Professions and Government).
Founded in 1910, the IoL now has about six thousand members in the UK and abroad. Through its Educational Trust, the IoL is also an internationally recognised examination body with over 50 years’ experience of assessing language skills; it currently offers exams or assessments in over 100 different languages.
A wholly owned subsidiary, IoL Language Services Ltd, provides customised language support to government departments and private sector organisations. The IoL’s other subsidiary, NRPSI Ltd, administers a national register of public service interpreters for the criminal justice system, the health sector and local government.
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