Reshaping Languages in Higher Education Conference 2014

Date: 9 July, 2014 - 10 July, 2014
Location: Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton
Event type: Conference

Location map

9 and 10 July 2014
The Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton


Languages have never been more needed in higher education, both as specialist study and as basic key skills. University programmes are undergoing rapid change to meet newly emerging needs and new student profiles. The academic community needs to reshape the ways in which languages are offered, finding bold and imaginative responses to address the new agendas.

This is the seventh biennial conference on languages in higher education, organised by the LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) and the Association of University Language Centres (AULC). It aims to bring together teachers and researchers from across languages and related disciplines.


The theme of the conference aims to encourage the language community to take a bold and radical approach to the provision of languages in Higher Education. This might include:

  • engaging with policy in both national and institutional contexts
  • working together to present a clear and collective voice for languages
  • thinking of new approaches to creating degree pathways and curricula
  • supporting students with all levels of linguistic skill in adding value to their graduate profile

The conference is aimed at anyone concerned with learning and teaching in higher education and its relationships with secondary schools and further education. It will be of interest to people in the languages professions and to employers who wish to develop closer links with education in the field of languages and related studies. It is intended as a forum for networking, sharing ideas and resources, and exploring ways of meeting the challenges of sustaining high quality education in languages and related subjects.

Plenary Sessions include :
Chris Millward - HEFCE
Jenny Jenkins - University of Southampton - Abstract available here
Adam Walker & Ian Lyne - Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Jocelyn Wyburd - Chair of University Council for Modern Languages (UCML) - Abstract available here
Interpreting and Translating Panel, with Helen Campbell, Director of National Network for Interpreting; Danielle D'hayer, Director of National Network for Public Service Interpreting and Translation; Christina Schaeffner, from the National Network for Translation; and Angeliki Petrits from European Commission Representation UK 


We are pleased to advise that presentations are now available to view by clicking here


We are pleased to advise that the following exhibitors will be attending the conference :



A programme with timings is now available to view.  Please click here

Abstracts can be downloaded by clicking here 



Cancellation charges will apply :

  • 50% refund of registration fee where cancellation is received in writing by Tuesday 10 June 2014
  • No refund will be given if cancellation is given from Wednesday 11 June 2014 onwards
  • Full details of our charging policy are available
  Early Bird Rate (up to and including 6/6/14 Standard Rate (commencing from 7/6/14 to 1/7/14)
Option 1 :
Conference attendance on 9 and 10 July 2014
£280.00 £300.00
Option 2 :
Conference attendance on 9 July 2014
£150.00 £160.00
Option 3 :
Conference attendance on 10 July 2014
£150.00 £160.00
Option 4 :
Conference dinner on 9 July 2014

We are pleased to be able to offer Postgraduate concessionary rates.  PLEASE NOTE that you must supply your tutor's name and contact details in the comments section of the registration form.  The conference dinner is £35.00 to attend as listed above.

Option 5:
Postgraduate Rate - attend 9 and 10 July 2014
Option 6 :
Postgraduate Rate - attend 9 July 2014
Option 7 :
Postgraduate Rate - attend 10 July 2014


PLEASE NOTE :  All discounted room allocation has now been filled at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton.  Please contact : if you require any assistance or information on other hotels in Southampton.   

Getting here !

The conference is being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Information on the venue can be found at :  A map with directions to the hotel can be found at :

From Southampton Central train station:
WALKING: You can walk to the hotel and it takes approx 10 minutes. The most direct route is exiting at Platform 4, through the Toys R Us car park, past John Lewis/Marks and Spencer (along Harbour Parade), until you reach firstly the Quays swim and dive complex, and then the Grand Harbour Hotel next door.

BUS: exit from Platform 4 and get the city shuttle ( . It is £1 a journey. You can take the bus from the station all the way to the Red Funnel Ferry, and then it is just about a 5 minute walk to the Grand Harbour Hotel.