November 2015: UCML has carried out a survey regarding the fees charged by different HEIs for the Year Abroad part of a conventional degree course in Modern languages. Results reveal that most institutions charge their students 15% of a full year's fees, in line with HEFCE's model of fee cap regulation.

The Secretary of State has launched a consultation period on the English Baccalaureate over a set of proposals and is looking for views and comments from the Education sector (deadline 29 January 2016).

The call for nominations for the Chair of UCML Northern Ireland is effective with a deadline of 20 December 2015, 4pm. The nominee will take up this important role on 31 January 2016.

Event organised under the aegis of the University of Cambridge Language Sciences Strategic Research Initiative and the Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative, in partnership with Speak to the Future and UCML

Northumbria University has reviewed its degrees in French and Spanish and decided to close them for being non viable, due to student numbers.

HEFCE has published an update on the document 'Higher Education in England: Key facts' for 2015. Encouragingly, the small 2012-13 decline in HE students has been met with an increase of 4.8% on the overall figure for 2013-14.

Earlier this year UCML conducted a survey of members about their experiences of REF2014. The outcomes were reported at the UCML plenary meeting in July 2015 where we also heard from HEFCE and sub panels 27 and 28. Following our plenary and the publication of the papers from the meeting on our website, the Times Higher Education picked up on our survey and published an article. Members should come to their own conclusions, but the article sought particularly to pick up on tension between linguistics and other languages disciplines which many may not feel reflects the reality of experience in our sector. The Chair and Vice Chair of sub-panel 28 have written a response.

It has been announced that the School of Modern Languages at Ulster University is to close completely, following budget cuts to the Northern Ireland Executive and consequent budget cuts to the Department of Employment and Learning which have impacted on funding to Northern Irish Universities

A brief analysis of the numbers taking GCSE language exams this year and the trends when compared to previous years can be downloaded here.

Using the statistics published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications, UCML provide a trends analysis. This may be the quickest way for UCML members to check the figures for languages, without having to plough through the JCQ data.