Inspirational Sarah’s the talk of the town

Sarah Breslin
Sarah Breslin

A PIONEERING linguist from Bearsden has been honoured by the University of Strathclyde.

Sarah Breslin (48) has been praised for bringing a Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture to Strathclyde.

The Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools helps prepare young people for careers in the global jobs market, and support schools in their teaching of Chinese language and culture.

Sarah, of Southview Drive, has been named Strathclyder of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the university.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal, said: “Sarah has excelled in her individual field and shares a commitment to excellence that is very much in keeping with our vision as a leading international technological university.

“Her achievements have brought considerable credit to herself, and to the university, and we are delighted to recognise her work in this way.”

Sarah was presented with the Strathclyder of the Year Cup at the University’s Barony Hall on Wednesday, July 4.

After training to become a language teacher, Sarah moved to Catalonia for 15 years, where she worked as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher, and later, as director of a language school in Tarragona.

Her hands-on experience in teaching stood her in good stead for a number of posts in further and higher education, including head of modern languages at the Faculty of Tourism at Tarragona University. On returning to the UK, she became head of international and EU programmes at James Watt College.

Before taking up her current post of director at Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, Sarah worked for the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

This year, she was instrumental in bringing the Confucius Centre for Scotland’s Schools to Strathclyde.

The centre is working with 12 Confucius classroom hubs around Scotland – part of a global network of 500 classrooms in 101 countries and regions – and Sarah and her team hope to expand the network in primary and secondary schools across the country.