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 postgraduate 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
  • Centre for Translation Studies