Toolkit

Shaping the future of languages in Higher Education

In October 2009 Hefce published a review of Modern Foreign Languages provision in higher education in England authored by Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost, University College London.

This review was commissioned by Hefce in response to concerns about falling numbers and funding provision. Subsequently Hefce commissioned the University Council of Modern Languages to follow up on a number of these recommendations and to produce tools and resources to support senior managers in HEIs in shaping the future of modern languages in higher education. Since the report was published there are signs that the tide is now turning for languages and that considerable new opportunities are emerging on which the languages community can begin to build a more sustainable future. This new landscape for languages is, therefore, reflected in the resources developed by the project which explore issues of identity and present practical ideas for strategic engagement with some of the key agendas for higher education: internationalisation and employability.

Identity

Towards a shared sense of purpose within a diverse and changing field

Internationalisation

Ideas and examples of ways in which languages can actively engage with the institution’s internationalisation agenda

Employability

Research data and practical tools for supporting the development of employability skills for language graduates