Mary Fischer

Mary Fischer

Prof Mary Fischer



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.

Research Areas



  • Taking Languages to the Next Level, in collaboration with the Scottish Qualifications Agency, Edinburgh Napier University, June 16, 2011
  • Taking Languages to the Next Level, in collaboration with the Scottish Qualifications Agency, Edinburgh Napier University, June 14, 2012.
  • Contemporary German Publishing with Scottish Centre for the Book, Edinburgh Napier University, 16 March, 2008.
  • Intercultural Business Communication: Bridging the Workplace and the Classroom, in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Edinburgh Napier University, 21st June 2013 (


Conference Activity

  • Bridging the Gap: Skills for Successful Study in English, Lijiang, China, 15-22 July 2007
  • Scotland’s Universities and the 1+2 Language Policy, Strathclyde University, 30th April 2014. Joint lead organiser as Chair of UCML with colleagues from the Scottish Centre for Languages (SCILT).
  • The Manuscript and Printed Book in Germany, with Professor Alistair McCleery and Dr Willie Kelly, Scottish Centre for the Book, Scottish National Library, Edinburgh, 2 May 2008
  • Zen and the Art of Business Communication, Association for Business Communication 12th Asia Pacific Conference, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 13-15 March 2013
  • TWICCE Tampere Workshop in Intercultural Communication in Higher Education, 1-5 June 1998, Tampere, Finland
  • Languages in the Globalised World International Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, 5-6 September 2012.


Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Scotland representative Universities Council for Modern Languages(elected)
  • University representative on Panel D (Languages) of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (invited).
  • Chair, Universities Council for Modern Languages Scotland (UCML Scotland)(elected)
  • Invited contributor, Scottish Funding Council Workshop: Developing Modern Languages Policy
  • Peer review of promotions, Heriot Watt University


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner Dublin Institute of Technology
  • External Examiner at University of Sunderland
  • External Reviewer, Languages Provision
  • PhD examining at Robert Gordon University


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