Mary is Subject Leader for Languages and Intercultural Communication. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in teaching and lecturing and led the development of the teaching of intercultural communication at Edinburgh Napier University, with a strong focus on personal development, applied, practical skills and training. She has taught intercultural communication through workshops and practical classes to a diverse range of students, from undergraduates to professionals and most recently took part in a collaborative symposium ‘Translating Cultures’ which brought together academics and mediators from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) to share strategies for effective intercultural mediation and dispute resolution. She has extensive personal experience of working and developing collaborations with partners abroad, in Europe, China and India, and is currently negotiating a partnership for Languages and Intercultural Communication at the People’s Friendship University of Russia in Moscow. Her academic research presently focuses on potential sources of conflict in intercultural communication in multi-national corporations.