THere are four vacancies arising on the AHRC Governing Council next September 2014, three of which are for academics with a research background in the following subject areas: Modern Languages / Linguistics; Art and Design; Theology; Philosophy. The deadline for applications is Monday 16 December. Further information is available on the AHRC website, here: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/Council-Member-Appointments-2014.aspx
Apply to join the new A level content advisory board (ALCAB) for modern languages A levels. Deadline 19th December.
Following the election of the new Chair for UCML, there is currently a vacancy for a Vice Chair. Nominations are open until 31 December 2013. If elections for the post are necessary the closing date will be 20 January 2014. The new Vice Chair will take up post with immediate effect.
Following a vote of member departments and member associations, Jocelyn Wyburd, Director of the University of Cambridge Language Centre, is to take over as Chair of UCML on the retirement of Professor Jim Coleman on 31 December 2013.
Prof Jim Coleman, Chair of UCML, attended the HEFCE Annual meeting on 8th November 2013.
All member institutions/organisations are now invited to vote by the deadline of 22 November. Voting takes place online. The candidates are: Professor Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (University of Manchester), Professor Paul Rowlett (University of Salford), and Jocelyn Wyburd (University of Cambridge)
Evidence submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for England on risks to modern foreign languages (MFL) in the new fee and funding regime. Key points: • The new funding regime hit modern foreign languages harder than any other discipline: 2012 saw a 14% drop in recruitment. • Provision is increasingly concentrated in highly selective universities. • This concentration is an obstacle to widening participation and social equity: languages become the preserve of the elite. • The concentration has also narrowed curriculum choices, undermining more vocational language degrees • Policy changes at primary and secondary create instability and will not enhance university recruitment for many years, if at all. • Universities find languages costlier to deliver than other Humanities and Social Sciences now that the Band C/Band D distinction has disappeared.
A new Chair of UCML is required from 31 December 2013 for the next 3 years (shadowing the previous post holder from 31 October 2013). The Chair of UCML takes the lead in pursuing UCML’s role as overarching national organisation representing the interests of modern languages, linguistics, and cultural and area studies in Higher Education throughout the United Kingdom. The post may be extended for a further year.
UCML Chair, Jim Coleman, has written to the Times Higher Education in response to their editorial on HE admissions, particularly to correct an error in reporting figures for HE languages. The letter has been published today.
The impact of the introduction of the EBacc performance measure (announced in autumn 2010) can be felt in this year's GCSE numbers. But all the evidence suggests that the boost to EBacc subject GCSE numbers has been a one-off phenomenon, so we expect no further increase next year. We will need to monitor whether higher GCSE numbers translate into higher numbers at AS and A-level.