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Frances Fenn (SDL)

Regional Sales Director - Channel

Frances is a Regional Sales Director for SDL Translation Productivity and has worked at SDL since 2009. Her main focus is working strategically with SDL Approved Resellers to develop their markets, promote SDL products and improve customer support.

Frances spends her time, working in partnership with SDL's network of Approved Resellers,  looking for the best solution for clients both from a technical and usage perspective which will allow our Approved Resellers to supply our clients with the most appropriate solution for their business needs regardless of what they are.

Enabling Kids with Cats

To shed more light on academics' and professionals' views on translator competence in 2014 Oleksandr Bondarenko published the results of its survey-based research. Backed up by his experience as both a CEO of a translation company and a university lecturer, Oleksandr identified a gap between the expectations of the academia vs. professionals towards the graduates of translation departments in Ukraine. One of the key areas identified as gap in University graduates’ knowledge was the use of technology, specifically the use of CAT tools

As a result, CAT for Grad initiative has been launched to fill in the technological gap in Ukraine. 18 Ukrainian universities, over 50 teachers and about 1000 students have been enrolled into the project. The project suggested: academic software licenses for CAT tools; instructional guidance, software maintenance and legal support when developing the CAT course; network with peers.

Working with SDL, the CAT for Grad program provides Ukrainian Universities with the tools to be able to teach CAT Tools as part of the University program and for the students to achieve SDL Certification to be able to demonstrate their technology knowledge to future employers.