Inaugural regional hub meetings took place during September at the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Strathclyde respectively. Staff from primary and secondary schools, FE and HE, PhD students, as well as representatives from the cultural organisations, Education Scotland and the Scottish Government, gathered to hold initial discussions on future joint initiatives. Each university also has a number of promotional initiatives particular to them, including the popular Language Ambassador scheme. We also considered how research and professional enquiry might develop within the regions and the direction that future meetings might take. For example, we want to investigate possibilities of:

  • funding for individuals to work together on collaborative cross-sector research/enquiry to strengthen the teaching and learning of languages, and
  • professional recognition and accreditation for any enquiry undertaken.

A second round of regional hub meetings took place.

During 2015-16, SCILT and UCMLS collaborated on the following initiatives:

In addition, UCMLS and OU organised:
  • 'Enhancing Employability through Language Skills and Intercultural Learning' - The Open University in Scotland Languages team held this event on 8 June 2016 which brought together colleagues from college, public and private sectors to highlight the importance of language learning and intercultural knowledge for employability and the world of work. The event report can be accessed by clicking the title link above.

The University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) represents the interests of staff working in modern languages, linguistics, cultural and area studies in UK higher education.

UCMLS is the Scottish branch of UCML. 

For the past two years UCMLS has supported SCILT on a range of promotional initiatives. Additionally we host cross-sector meetings in our regional hubs, and hold at least one national event per year. Dates and venues for all events are communicated via SCILT’s weekly e-bulletin and social media. On 31 March 2017 UCMLS published its Action Plan in support of the Scottish Government’s 1+2 policy. Our overall aim is to help change attitudes to language learning in Scotland.

Download list of initial contacts for each UCMLS institution (update March 2017).
  • Overview of hubs
  • Cross-sector Events 2016-17
  • Cross-sector Events 2015-16

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