Dorothy Kelly is a professor of Translation at the University of Granada (Spain), where she has also been Vice-Rector for Internationalization since 2008. She obtained her B.A. in Translating and Interpreting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Scotland) with First Class Honours, and her doctoral degree from the University of Granada. Her main research interests are translator training, directionality in translation, and intercultural competence, all areas in which she has published extensively.
She has combined this research activity over the years with intense international involvement, coordinating international mobility and joint degree programmes, as well as studies into the impact of mobility on intercultural competence and the learning environment. She is founding editor and until January 2020 was co-editor with María González Davies of Routledge’s Interpreter and Translator Trainer, the only indexed journal devoted specifically to translator education; she has also been editor of the Translation Practices Explained series at St Jerome Publishing. She was a member of the European Master's in Translation Expert Group appointed by the Directorate General for Translation at the European Commission between 2006 and 2009.
In the field of the internationalization of higher education, she was Chair of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group of Universities from 2010 until 2017 and was a member of Spain's national Bologna Experts Team from 2010 to 2013. She has participated intensely in Spanish, European and international advisory boards and events in the field of higher education and in particular its internationalization. She was a member of the Board of the Committee for Internationalization and Development Cooperation at the Spanish Rectors’ Conference between 2008 and 2012, and again between 2014 and 2020; from 2018 to 2020 she was Executive Secretary of the Board and currently acts as a special advisor. She is a member of the Advisory Group on Higher Education to the Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice of the Council of Europe.
Currently, she is the coordinator of Arqus, one of the first 17 European University Alliances to be approved by the European Commission and comprising the universities of Bergen, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padova and Vilnius, along with Granada.