In a debate in the House of Lords on HE on 9th April, Baroness Coussins, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on languages made an impassioned speech on the subject of HE languages. UCML was instrumental in briefing Baroness Coussins for this, and is extremely grateful to her for her continued advocacy.
HEFCE has produced its ‘Higher education in England 2014: Analysis of latest shifts and trends’ report. The DfE has announced the Subject content and assessment objectives for GCSE in modern foreign languages for teaching from 2016.
The annual Language Trends survey (formerly done by CiLT with ALL and ISMLA) has been published by the British Council and CfBT . It looks at trends in language teaching and learning from primary through KS3, KS4 and A levels. This is important reading for HE language departments as it focusses on the backdrop to recruitment onto our programmes.
The plenary will take the form of a business meeting (feedback from the sector) in the morning and an afternoon Petcha Kutcha (?) session to include input from those involved in collaborative partnerships to the benefit of the sector. The meeting will be held at Europe House, Smith Square, courtesy of the European Commission.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Submission deadline EXTENDED : Friday 28 March 2014 Abstracts of up to 200 words for papers or ideas posters should be submitted online no later than Friday 28th March 2014.
The report from the annual survey of Institution Wide Language Programme take-up in UK universities, produced by UCML and AULC, published with support from the HEA, has now been published. This year's survey follows the publication of the survey last year done jointly between the three bodies.
The Welsh government has confirmed a 2/3 cut in funding to CILT Cymru for 2014-15. Letters have been sent by UCML nationally and UCML Wales to express concern about this decision, and its potential impact on Routes Cymru.
31/01/2014: UCAS has published its interim report on applications to the 15th January deadline. A summary of the situation in respect of applications to study languages is below.
Following the call for nominations in December and the election held in January 2014, Professor Paul Rowlett of the University of Salford joins the UCML Steering Group as Vice Chair
15 January 2014: ALCAB has today announced the composition of the A level content advisory board for modern languages.