A short round-up of current/recent UCML activities to raise the profile of languages with the public and policy makers alike. Please help us to engage more widely, especially in the run-up to the next General Election, particularly by using social media to disseminate news about languages issues and UCML activities.

Catherine Chabert, University of Cardiff, has been elected as representative for Wales, replacing Claire Gorrara.

Diana Holmes, Professor of French at the University of Leeds, was elected as UCML Executive member for French.

UCML has responded positively to Ofqual's report on assessment issues for A level modern languages.

UCML has submitted formal responses to a number of Ofqual and DfE consultations around reforms affecting secondary languages.

Routes into Languages Cymru, now entering its sixth year, is an innovative award-winning project tasked with raising the take-up of modern foreign languages (MFL) and promoting international student mobility. Working closely with secondary schools, further education colleges and universities in Wales, Routes Cymru aims to bridge the gap between secondary and higher education by supporting events, competitions and workshops, as well as creating inspiring resources and partnerships between students, teachers, academics and educational professionals.

Opinion piece in the Times Higher Education by UCML Chair

The GCSE results are published today by JCQ. In 2013 the languages community was celebrating an overall increase of 15.42% on the year before. However, this year there has been a decline of 2.6% on last year, although the figures are still the highest since 2009. However, to put this in context, across all subjects, there was a total decline of 4.18% total GCSE results this year, compared to last.

The A level results were published on 14th August 2014 by JCQ. The overarching news is that language A level figures are down again. But language AS level figures are up! Has the tide turned? We can only hope so.

Responding to the report of the A-level Content Advisory Board’s panel reviewing modern foreign and classical languages, the University Council of Modern Languages has published its response.