News & Events

Closure of the Languages Programme at Sunderland

UPHF-SFS-ASMCF statement on the closure of the Languages programme at the University of Sunderland
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French and Francophone Futures

A one-day workshop organised by the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (AUPHF), co-sponsored by the Society for French Studies, on changing mindsets and rethinking the value of languages.
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To sign up for the event, click here

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. 
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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. 

Click here for the full AHA statement:

Workshop for Leaders in French: Leading in Difficult Times

As part of its commitment to supporting leadership across all areas of French Studies, the AUPHF is hosting a day-long workshop in Cardiff University on 24 March 2018.  Leading in Difficult Times will explore the importance of advocacy for MFL at national level, the challenges and opportunities for promoting languages at institutional level, the experience of leading on an equality strategy, and the role and value of mentorship in leadership development.


9.30-10.15:    Registration

10.15-10.30:  Claire Gorrara, AUPHF President: Welcome and MFL advocacy in the UK

10.30-11.15   Rachael Langford: Head of the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University

11.15-11.30:  COFFEE

11.30-1.00:    Mentoring session, Sally Blake, Cardiff University, mentoring trainer

1.00-2.00:      LUNCH

2.00-2.45:      Charles Forsdick, AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’, Liverpool University, 
                      REF2021 Sub-Panel Chair Modern Languages and Linguistics

2.45-3.30:      Claire Moran: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Athena Swan and Languages, Queen’s UniversityBelfast

3.00-3.30:      Round up and next steps


Hayden Ellis Building, Cardiff University, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


Please click here to go to the Eventbrite page: Registration for 'Leading in Difficult Times'


The workshop is free for all AUPHF members. The fee for non-members is £30, but this includes a year-long membership of the Association for any colleague, at whatever career stage, who is undertaking a leadership role in French Studies. Payment cannot be made by the Eventbrite site. Please register on Eventbrite for a member's ticket and either pay for the workshop at the event on 24th March or by cheque to the Honorary Treasurer, Prof. Margaret Topping (Dean of the Graduate School, Graduate School, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN) 


Brexit roundtable at the 2017 SFS Annual Conference

AUPHF sponsored a four-nations discussion of Brexit and languages at the Society of French Studies conference in Durham in July 2017. Stephen Forcer from Birmingham University spoke about the context in English, Margaret Topping on Northern Ireland, Jim Simpson on Scotland and Claire Gorrara on Wales. All speakers highlighted the specifics of their national contexts, influenced by British and devolved educational policy towards languages and multilingualism. The debate following the presentations highlighted the different positions for modern languages within the primary and secondary school sectors across the 4 nations and their relationship to indigenous languages, where there was often investment and a national strategy. Debate focused on the importance for modern linguists of having access to key government policy makers responsible for language policy and the potential advantages of greater proximity for colleagues in devolved administrations. All speakers recognised the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit’s impact on public understanding and appreciation of modern languages. Please click here for further information. 

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