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


AUPHF protests against planned restructuring of Modern Languages at Reading 

As the Executive Committee of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French we are writing to express our dismay at the planned restructuring of Modern Languages provision at the University of Reading. We understand that the University is planning a merger between the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies (MLES) and the Institution Wide Language Programme (IWLP), resulting in cuts of between 8 and 13 staff FTEs across German, French, Spanish and Italian. 
Click here for the full letter

AUPHF and AHA Warning about Brexit

AUPHF, together with AHA, have issued a warning about the damaging effects of Brexit on Arts and Humanities disciplines in the UK.

Modern Languages
Most Modern Languages degrees currently involve a compulsory year abroad. Interruption to Erasmus+ student and staff mobility schemes will reduce the attractiveness of our programmes to UK and international students; jeopardise their intellectual and pedagogical coherence; and further accelerate the decline in the study of languages highlighted by the British Council, exacerbating the serious deficit in UK language skills. In creating a more hostile environment for EU language teachers in the UK it will cause a shortage of teachers. Almost everything we teach is about communication with, and openness to, European cultures, languages, history and peoples. 

Full statement available here

All party parliamentary group on Modern languages


A framework proposal from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages

Full text available for download here

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