Rita McDade serves several roles within her employment at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Translator Lecturer and Co-ordinator, and in recent years develop a new Dramaturg role. Rita co-teaches on the ground-breaking Register & Text module as part of the BA Performance in BSL (British Sign Language) Undergraduate Degree Programme. In addition to that, Rita also created and is involved with co-ordinating & teaching the BSL Foundation Options module. Rita because the first BSL Training Officer with the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SALSI) and the UK. During her time with SALSI, she also became the co-founder of the Interpreting in BSL & English Skills undergraduate degree programme at Heriot Watt University within the department of Languages and Intercultural Studies which led to the creation of a full time MA BSL Interpreting programme at the same institute. Over many years, Rita accumulated multiple roles ranging from being an experienced BSL language/intra-linguistic expert, teacher, cultural mediator, translator and mentor. Whatever spare time she has is spent with her friends and family.

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