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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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