An election has been called to fill the post of representative for Translation and Interpreting The candidates' statements are available below. There are two candidates: Andrew Rothwell (Swansea) Joanna Drugan (UEA) The University reps will be contacted shortly with information about the online voting system. A list of institution and association reps is attached and you should contact them to vote. The closing date for votes is 1 June at 4pm.

Elena Polisca has just taken over from Prof Paul Rowlett as Vice Chair Language and Intercultural Education. Christopher Hood has taken over from Gerda Wielander as representative on the Executive committee for East Asian Studies.

We are collecting our members' feedback regarding experience of REF 2014.

There are curently two vacancies for members on the UCML Executive: Translation and Interpreting and East Asian Studies. Interested candidates should complete the nomination form below. Any elections will be held in May 2015, with a closing date of 4pm 26 May 2015.

Due to the resignation of Professor Paul Rowlett for professional reasons - following his recent promotion to Pro-Vice Chancellor at Salford- a vacancy has occured for the post of Vice Chair. Applicants hould complete the profile below. If there are several applicants an election will be held from 30 April to 21 May 2015.

You can download the letter to awarding bodies here. Responses will be uploaded here when received.

Update 26/3: Ministers and Shadow Ministers are noticing this campaign. Now is the time to contact your MP to ask them to support it.

A last minute late debate which raised lots of interest in the twittersphere thanks to amplification from Speak to the Future, UCML and others. Quality of contributions greater than quantity of contributors. Meanwhile in the Lords, there was disappointment at the lack of expertise in UK for intercultural diplomacy.

A series of twitter chats are currently underway in the run up to the election as UCML is lobbying for greater recognition of the contribution of languages to the health of the UK as a nation. These conversations will be shared on this news item once they are complete.

Survey reveals ‘difficult climate’ for languages in schools • 99 per cent of primary schools surveyed are now teaching languages - the challenge now is to develop quality; • Take up of language GCSEs remains low and is extremely varied with entries being highest in London and lowest in North East England; • Attracting enough pupils to study a language post-16 is seen as the ‘most widespread challenge’ for language teachers; • Prioritisation of maths and science, the growing trend of excluding pupils from language study and performance measure pressures are amongst the key factors adversely affecting languages in secondary schools.