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National Languages Policy Workshop

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
When Oct 30, 2015
from 09:30 AM to 01:30 PM
Where Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge
Contact Name Professor Wendy Bennett
Attendees Free event. Please register by 22 October.
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National Languages Policy Workshop

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 Department for Communities and Local Government

 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 (Head of Language)

 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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We aim to support public policy research across Cambridge University, working with colleagues in science, social science, the arts and humanities, to apply new thinking to public policy problems and promote research and analysis into the public policy process. We hope to connect and raise the profile of existing public policy related work across the University and support collaborative research that includes policy development in a range of subject areas. 

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