Dr Martin Ward

Dr Martin Ward


After graduating from the University of Leeds in 1999 with a B.A. in Chinese and Japanese Studies I went to Hiroshima University in Japan as a Monbusho Scholar, where I gained my M.Ed (2003) and PhD (2006) in Asian Culture in Japanese .

I later spent a number of years in Taiwan working in a non-profit organisation, followed by teaching at a university in mainland China.

Returning to the UK, I joined East Asian Studies at Leeds in the summer of 2017.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and also a member of the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and the European Society for Translation Studies.


  • Lecturer in East Asian Studies

Research interests

I am engaged in on-going research into the teaching of Japanese/Chinese to English translation at British universities.

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

Professional memberships

  • BATJ
  • EST

Student education

I mainly teach Chinese to English and Japanese to English translation at undergraduate and post-graduate levels and am also one of the Japan Year Abroad tutors, supporting our students in their preparation for their year abroad.

Research groups and institutes

  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Translation
  • East Asian Studies