Invitation: Languages Policy workshop 30 Oct

07 Oct 2015

Speak to the Future is delighted to support this important workshop on national languages policy hosted by Cambridge University on 30 October – supporters who would be interested in attending would be very welcome: click on the link below to book your free place.

National Languages Policy Workshop
Friday 30 October 2015
Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge

Event organised under the aegis of the University of Cambridge Language Sciences Strategic Research Initiative and the Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative, in partnership with Speak to the Future and UCML

You are warmly invited to a morning of presentations by civil servants and advisers working in different departments in Whitehall and the devolved parliaments and assemblies who have language policy as part of their brief. We understand language policy broadly, covering the indigenous languages of the UK, community or heritage languages, as well as foreign language learning. We aim to map where the responsibility for language policy sits and to promote dialogue between the different departments. We are delighted that Baroness Coussins, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, has agreed to chair the event.

The event is free, but registration by 22 October is essential. Please use the following link to register and download your ticket:

Programme (subject to modification):

9.30-10.00           Registration, Buckingham House, Murray Edwards College

10.00-10.10        Welcome by Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett and Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College

10.10-10.20        Introduction by Baroness Coussins

10.20-10.40        Language policy at the Ministry of Defence (Christine Adamson)

10.40-11.00        Language policy at the Department of UK Trade and Investment (Susannah Poulton, UKTI East of England)

11.00-11.20        Language policy at Hefce (Linda Allebon)

11.20-11.40        Coffee

11.40-12.00        Language policy at GCHQ

12.00-12.20        Language policy in Scotland (Louise Glen, Education Scotland)

12.20-12.40        Language policy in Wales (David Heath, Welsh Government)

12.40-13.00        Language policy in Northern Ireland (Mícheál Ó’Mainnín, representing DCAL)

13.00-13.30        Discussion and Summing up

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