Languages Research

Research in modern languages in the UK continues to be both varied and prolific. Government belief in our field is slowly growing, and we have the strong support of the British Academy and the APPG, which have both benefited from close collaboration with UCML. But, as a key field in the humanities, we also face a number of challenges, in the UK and in Europe, in relation both to our own research and that of younger researchers.

This area of the site focuses on information, updates, organisations and projects of relevance to languages research and is updated by UCML Vice Chair for Research Naomi Segal.
This review, by Sir Paul Nurse, makes recommendations for how research councils can evolve to support research in the most effective ways. It  was announced as part of the government’s science and innovation strategy in December 2014. See attachment or

AHRC doctoral support - Developing the Next Phase

AHRC invited responses to its consultation document, attached herewith. The 'next phase' will begin in October 2019. I sent a UCML response, and it is also attached herewith.

At a meeting of AHRC, Ian Lyne gave a powerpoint presenting the proposals, followed by lively discussion with many academics. This too is attached herewith.


HEFCE has commissioned a report on metrics chaired by Prof James Wilsdon - see attachment for the full report, published in July 2015, The Metric Tide. Its understanding of a variety of issues, including those affecting arts & humanities fields, is useful and promises to be influential.


AHRC support for Modern Languages: OWRI

AHRC's OWRI scheme has now passed the second stage, and results are expected in January 2016.



A Guide to Open Access was recently published by OAPEN-UK/JISC. It is attached herewith. A response, signed by UCML among several other arts & humanities Subject Associations, was sent by the Arts & Humanities Alliance [AHA] .

Consultationon the 2nd Research Excellent Framework.

This document sets out the proposals of the four UK higher education funding bodies for the second Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions. The proposals seek to build on the first REF conducted in 2014, and to incorporate the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF.