About Us

What makes AUPHF+ distinctive within French Studies is not only its breadth, embracing the whole range of the discipline in UK and Irish HEIs today, but its mission to promote and support the visibility of French and Francophone Studies. It provides opportunities for us to share experiences and perspectives, and to lobby collectively in the interest of French and francophone studies in partnership with other subject-specific organisations, in ways that support institutional and broader HEI strategy and advocacy for modern languages.


We are keen for members of all stages from all French Departments or Sections in the UK and Ireland to join the AUPHF+ and participate in its language advocacy and consultation processes. Membership of AUPHF+ is open to any members of French Departments or Sections, including postgraduate students and ECAs. We have served our subject community for over 60 years and hope to do so even more effectively in the future with the support of a wider, more diverse membership.

Rates are £10 for reduced membership (open to ECAs, part-time staff and retired members), £20 is standard rate for permanent staff, and £30 for professors. Membership is free for all post-graduate students.

Queries regarding payment should be sent to the Hon. Treasurer, Professor Margaret Topping at m.topping@qub.ac.uk. Other queries regarding membership should be sent to the Membership Secretary: Dr Dominique Carlini-Versini, University of Durham, at dominique.carlini-versini@durham.ac.uk.

To join on a standard or reduced membership tariff, please download the Annual Membership Form and send it to the Membership Secretary, Dr Dominique Carlini-Versini, University of Durham, at dominique.carlini-versini@durham.ac.uk.

To join as a post-graduate student, please complete the Postgraduate membership pro forma  and email it to the Membership Secretary, Dr Dominique Carlini-Versini, University of Durham, at dominique.carlini-versini@durham.ac.uk.

Your subscription automatically gives you (1) reduced rates for AUPHF+ workshops and professional training events; (2) voting rights at the AUPHF+ AGM; (3) eligibility to request items to be placed on committee meeting agendas; (4) access to our funding schemes.

Executive Committee


Prof. Martin Hurcombe

Professor of French Studies
University of Bristol

Prof. Marion Schmid

University of Edinburgh

Honorary Secretary
Prof. Adam Watt

Professor of French and Comparative Literature
University of Exeter

Honorary Treasurer
Prof. Margaret Topping

Professor of French Literary & Visual Cultures / Dean of the Graduate School.
Queen’s University, Belfast.

Director of Communications and Media
Dr Ashley Harris 

French Studies 
Trinity College Dublin

Membership Secretary
Dr Dominique Carlini-Versini

Assistant Professor in French Studies.
University of Durham

Postgraduate and Early Career Representative
Pallavi Joshi

PhD Candidate in French Studies,
University of Warwick

Dr Emmanuelle Labeau

AHRC Future of Language research fellow.
Reader in French Language & Linguistics
Ordinary Member


Dr Rebecca Dixon

Senior Lecturer in French Studies, 
University of Liverpool
Ordinary Member


Prof. Julia Dobson

Professor in French Film and Performance
University of Manchester
Ordinary Member


Dr Emilia Wilton-Godberfforde

Head of French, 
Faculty of Languages and Applied Linguistics
The Open University, UK
Ordinary Member


Dr Elodie Vialleton

Senior Lecturer in French
Faculty of Languages and Applied Linguistics
The Open University, UK
Ordinary Member


Dr Ann Lewis

Senior Lecturer in French
Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics
Ordinary Member

Dr Hugo Azérad

Fellow and College Lecturer (Magdalene)
Associate Professor
University of Cambridge
On secondment to the committee

Former Chairs and Presidents of AUPHF+

1946-194?: Prof. F. C. Green
194?-1949: Prof. Vinaver
1949: Prof. Ewert[…]
1974: Prof. Alan Steele[…]
1977: Prof. F. W. Leakey
1978: Prof. J. C. Ireson
1979: Prof .R. J. North
1980: Prof. Francis Higman
1981: Prof. Margaret McGowan
1982: Prof. Haydn Mason
1983: Prof. Malcolm Bowie
1984: Prof. Keith McWatters
1985-88: Prof. David Williams
1988-91: Prof. Michael Kelly

1991-93: Prof. Jennifer Birkett
1994-97: Prof. Jill Forbes
1997-98: Prof. David Walker
1998-2002: Prof. Naomi Segal
2002-04: Prof. Tim Unwin
2004-07: Prof. John Gaffney
2007-10: Prof. Lucille Cairns
2010-13: Prof. Mary Bryden
2013-2017: Prof. Adrian Armstrong
2017-2018: Prof. Claire Gorrara
2018-2021: Prof. Marion Schmid
2021 - Prof. Martin Hurcombe
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