Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French

We hope this website will provide the kind of information you are looking for, both about the Association itself and about the discipline of French Studies more generally.

At the AUPHF, our mission is to defend the specificity of French within the general advocacy for languages. We represent and nurture all areas of French studies, including French language, French and francophone literature, film, culture, history, politics and linguistics.

Like all other Subject Associations, AUPHF exists to serve the subject constituency, representing its interests, monitoring its changing needs and encouraging the exchange of ideas. Our role and remit are wide-ranging - the precise nature of our aims is set out in the Mission Statement that we have published on this site - and we are regularly consulted by funding councils and government.


Our aims are...

To promote and support the visibility of French and francophone studies within the HE sector in partnership with subject-specific organisations.

A key part of this is to support the development of current and future leaders in French and Francophone Studies.

To collaborate and work with major non-HE stakeholders in order to further teaching innovation, research partnership and collaboration, and public engagement and knowledge exchange. These stakeholders include AHRC, ESRC, Leverhulme, as well as language-focused schemes such as Routes into Languages

To advocate and lobby on modern language issues with significant external policy makers and decision-makers, above all the UK government, devolved governments, and the Irish government. The changing landscape of HE in the aftermath of the EU Referendum vote has significantly increased the importance and urgency of this function

To increase the reach and presence of French and francophone studies by developing and supporting increased international cooperation with French and francophone organisations and networks, as well as bodies that support intercultural cooperation on a  global stage

About Us

The Association of University Professors of French, as it was then known, was founded in 1946, at the same time as or just after the foundation of the Society for French Studies. Most instrumental in the initiative was Professor A. Carey Taylor, cited as the ‘véritable père’ of the Association’ in a minute of the Annual Conference of 1976, shortly after his death in 1975.

Meet our Executive Committee Find out more about us

News & Events


'Leading in Difficult Times' Workshop Presentations

As part of its commitment to supporting leadership across all areas of French Studies, the AUPHF hosted a day-long workshop on 24 March 2018 in Cardiff University. The workshop, Leading in Difficult Times, was designed for colleagues at any career stage who are undertaking a leadership role. 


Invited speakers were:

Ms Sally Blake (Cardiff Graduate School)
Prof. Charles Forsdick (Liverpool)
Prof. Rachael Langford (Cardiff)
Dr Anna Tristram (QUB)

Their presentations are now available here.


Brexit roundtable at the 2017 SFS Annual Conference

The AUPHF hosted a roundtable discussion at the 2017 Annual Society for French Studies conference in Durham on the differing challenges and opportunities of Brexit for Modern Languages provision in the UK’s four nations.

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Membership of Modern Languages and Linguistics subpanel now available

Details of the membership of the REF subpanel for Modern Languages and Linguistics (UOA 26) are now available on the REF website. The sub-panel, which will be chaired by Professor Charles Fordick, includes other senior colleagues in French and members of the AUPHF. 

A presentation on REF2021 given by Prof. Charles Forsdick at the AUPHF's 'Leading in Difficult TImes' workshop is available here.

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