Rita McDade serves several roles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Translator, Lecturer and Co-ordinator, and in recent years she developed 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) and English undergraduate degree programme. In addition to that, Rita also created and is involved with co-ordinating and teaching the BSL Foundation Options module.

Rita was the first BSL Training Officer with the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SALSI). 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. This led to the creation of a full-time MA (Hons) British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies) programme at the same institution.

Over many years, Rita has 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.