Hadleigh Roberts is a postgraduate in Interpreting & Translating from the University of Bath, where he also studied BA Modern Language and European Studies (French and Spanish) and worked for the United Nations on placement.
Though a languages professional he is also involved in politics across Europe. Indeed, it was thanks to knowing languages he was able to work for the Socialist Party and the Regional Government (Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur) in France. In Spain, he studied in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and volunteered for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE).
He has participated in a number of international conferences, including a meeting of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament in which he was invited to present a speech on Euroscepticism and Social Democracy. He also addressed the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, ‘speaking up for languages’ in 2011.
“The case for languages has never been clearer. Whether it’s in politics or business, languages are a way to get ahead, but still the UK is falling behind. The problem is that languages are too often placed in the ‘frivolous humanities’ category, when they should be an addition to the STEM subjects. That’s why the Speak to the future campaign is so important to Britain.”
Speaking up for languages at the Labour Party Conference in 2011