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New Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK

| 15th January 2019

Following a successful second policy workshop in December 2018 in Belfast, bringing together policymakers and academics from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Wendy Ayres-Bennett PI of MEITS, and Janice Carruthers, AHRC Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages, have published a new policy briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK. Based on a comparative analysis […]

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

| 27th November 2018

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

| 31th October 2018

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 […]

Slanguages Launch Event – Birmingham November 8

| 25th October 2018

Join Professor Rajinder Dudrah, who leads research in the Creative Economy Strand, and colleagues from Punch Records as they launch Slanguages on Thursday November 8th in Birmingham. Slanguages explores creative way artists take inspiration from and use different languages. The project is wide-ranging and includes exhibitions, performances, and collaborations with artists, creative professionals and partners such […]