School of Languages and Applied Linguistics


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Dr Claire Reid

  • Qualifications: Licence LCE Anglais (Grenoble); Maîtrise LCE Anglais (Grenoble); MA French Studies (Queen’s, Belfast); PhD French Literature (Queen’s, Belfast); PGCert. Library & Information Management (Ulster), Fellow of the higher Education Academy
  • Role Title: Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6123
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Having studied English in France, I went to Northern Ireland to work as a Language Assistant and forgot to go home at the end of the year. Being passionate about languages, literature and culture, I studied for an MA in French and European Studies at Queen’s, Belfast, and specialised in fin-de-siècle literature for my doctoral thesis. I taught French language at Queen’s for 8 years, and then worked as a School Librarian in Derry. After the birth of my third child, I became a full time freelance translator and developed a passion for translation. I have been working at the University of Portsmouth since 2012 teaching French language and translation at various levels. I also coordinate the Year Abroad for all 4-year programmes at SLAS.

Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate the following units:

  • French General Language Grade 3&4
  • French General Language Grade 6
  • Text Analysis and Translation (French)
  • Translation Theory & Practice
  • Interpreting (French)

I also teach:

  • Critical Approaches to Specialised Translation (French)

I supervise dissertations at BA and MA level

I am Study Abroad Coordinator and supervise all aspects of the Compulsory Year Abroad.


  • Translation
  • French literature (late 19th century in particular)
  • Symbolism
  • French contemporary culture
  • Comparative literature 

Research profile

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