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We need a Chief Government Linguist to embed languages policy in government

Alongside colleagues from the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), I am calling for the appointment of a Chief Government Linguist at government level in the UK. In a way that is not dissimilar to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (and the network of departmental CSAs), a Chief Government Linguist would work across departments and provide […]

Views of Foreign Secretary and Ofsted Chief Inspector highlight need to encourage language learning

Today’s reports that the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, aims to increase substantially the number of diplomats with language skills highlights the importance of languages for the UK’s relationships around the world. In addition, the views of Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, where she points to a narrowing of the curriculum in secondary schools at the […]

Flexible funding call

We are delighted to announce the launch of the second of two calls for funding to encourage other researchers and partners to work in partnership with the MEITS project. We are looking for proposals which foster innovation in research-led teaching, and which support curriculum change in modern languages in higher education (but excluding language teaching). […]