Elections are now open for two roles in the UCML Exec. We have received the following nominations: Germanic & Low countries studies rep (in alphabetical order): Allyson FIDDLER, Frank FINLAY, Beate MÜLLER & Johan SIEBERS. Area Studies rep (in alphabetical order): Jonathan OLDFIELD & Frances WEIGHTMAN.

The posts of Executive Committee representatives for GERMANIC & LOW COUNTRIES and AREA STUDIES fall vacant on 31 January 2018. We are calling for nominations of suitably qualified people for these roles: deadline 16 December 2017. You are advised to read the UCML Constitution and Standing Orders, which can be found at

24 August 2017: JCQ publishes data for GCSE entries for all disciplines. Overall, numbers for languages continue to fall for French, German, and Spanish. On the other hand, entries for both Irish and Welsh have soared compared to last year's figures (5% and 71% respectively). This year, our digest includes figures on the number of centres offering Languages at GCSE.

17 August 2017 A level results: JCQ has published results for the latest set of A-Level and AS examination entries for 2017.

28 July 2017: a report on the practices of the Residence Abroad is now available to view. The report reveals that, although RA practices such as grade conversion systems and credits and grades allocations may vary widely between different HEIs, some common trends can be nevertheless identified.

13 July 2017: UCAS has released data regarding UK and overseas applications for full-time undergraduate courses at Higher Education Institutions for the June 2017 deadline. Overall, nationally there is a drop in applications on last year’s figures by -4% across all subjects.

We are delighted to announce that the new Exec member representing Hispanic Studies will be Dr Par Kumaraswami.

This yearly survey continues to report a growth in student numbers for those learners who take a language course as 'non-specialists' alongside their main degree subject(s).

The report examines the state of modern languages in primary and secondary education in schools in England.

UCML has written to UCAS asking for further granularity in the presentation of Joint Honours data in which Modern Foreign Languages feature in the degree title.