Dr Martin Ward

Dr Martin Ward


I have worked at the University of Leeds since 2017, having also graduated from Leeds in 1999 with a BA in Chinese and Japanese Studies. I gained my M.Ed (2003) and PhD (2006) in Asian Culture from Hiroshima University in Japan as a Monbusho Scholar. I later spent a number of years working in Taiwan and at a university in mainland China. As an experienced translator and interpreter, I mainly teach Chinese and Japanese to English translation at undergraduate and postgraduate (MA) level, as well as other modules or part-modules within East Asian Studies. I am joint chief editor of the journal hosted by the Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching (CELT): The Language Scholar.

I am a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly known as the Higher Education Academy), and also a member of the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ), the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) and the European Society for Translation Studies (EST).

I also won the Early Career Faculty Teaching Award 2021 for Early Career Excellence in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. 


  • Lecturer in Chinese and Japanese Translation
  • Japan Year Abroad Tutor

Research interests

I am engaged in on-going scholarship into the teaching of Chinese and Japanese to English translation at higher education institutions, and also the year abroad. I have given conference presentations at the BATJ annual conference (2018, 2019, 2020), APTIS (2019), Year Abroad Conference (2019, 2020), and the BCLTS annual conference (2021).

In 2020 I established the East Asian Translation Pedagogy Advance international network of HE practitioners in the field of Chinese/Japanese/Korean to English translation pedagogy. 

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  • Fellow Advance HE
  • PhD (Asian Culture)
  • M.Ed (Asian Culture)
  • B.A. Chinese and Japanese Studies

Professional memberships

  • BATJ
  • EST
  • Advance HE

Student education

I mainly teach Chinese and Japanese to English translation at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and am also one of the Japan Year Abroad tutors, supporting our students in their preparation for their year abroad. I also act as an academic personal tutor.

Research groups and institutes

  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Translation
  • East Asian Studies
  • Centre for Translation Studies