Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

At the AUPHF+, our mission is to defend the specificity of French within the general advocacy for languages within the UK and Ireland. 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.

We warmly welcome members from all stages, including Postgraduates and Early Career Academics

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 advocates 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

Latest News & Events

Recording: AUPHF+ Annual Event 4 May

This year’s annual workshop considered the theme of how our teaching and research is and can be transformed through a process of decentring. The event comprised two panels of flash presentations by early career researchers who will share their thoughts on the topic. There was also be a keynote lecture by the novelist Michael Ferrier and a discussion led by Dr Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston).
The recording of the keynote is here: Michaël Ferrier keynote
Recording of ECR papers and Workshop with Emmanuelle Labeau: AUPHF+ Annual Event

In Love with Languages! French Undergrand Video Competition

Open to all UK undergraduates in French and Francophone Studies.
Undergraduate students are invited to submit a video clip of 3 minutes maximum on one of the following topics:  1. In love with languages  2. How languages can change your life  3. The art of translanguaging
Prizes: Three prizes worth £100 each.
Full details: In Love with Languages 2022

Recording: Navigating the Job Market as an ECR and Applying for a PhD in French Studies

AUPHF+ invites you to watch our recorded programme of events for those who are applying for a PhD and those who are ECAs navigating the job market in French Studies.

Includes sessions on applying for a Lectureship, Postdoctoral fellowship, Teaching fellowship or PhD. Watch back here: AUPHF+ ECR PGR sessions.

EXTENDED Call for papers: AUPHF+ Annual Event: Decentring French Studies

The AUPHF+ Annual Event will take place Wednesday 4th May 2022, online.
We invite PGRs and ECRs in French and Francophone Studies to send proposals for 5-10 min presentations on the event theme: 'Decentring French Studies'.
The workshops will be followed by a Keynote Speaker on the theme.
Further details here: Annual Event CfPs

Undergraduate Competition: Let's Study French at Uni! 

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 'Let's Study French at Uni! Undergraduate Competition'! The two chosen projects are:
1. SAVE LANGUAGE LEARNING NORTHERN IRELAND with Jason Bunting, Ravi Munglani, Rachel Ashe, Laura McCaw, Jon Nield (Queen’s University Belfast).
2. FRENCH STUDIES OUTREACH with Imogen Tawn, Joshua Winfield, Anna Talbert, Annie Chow (University of Oxford).
Further details:  News & Events

Co-signed letter on UK withdrawl from the Erasmus+ programme

AUPHF+ has joined a range of learned societies and organisations in adding its signature and support to the attached UCML letter urging the UK government to reconsider its position and to ensure that the Turing scheme offers the same or increased opportunities as the Erasmus+ programme.

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