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The Year Abroad Awards 2015


The Year Abroad Awards 2015 are designed to celebrate and reward UK students who have spent time working, studying or volunteering abroad during their degree. The ten categories have been carefully selected to showcase the qualities that epitomise a year abroad student - creativity, bravery, ingenuity, a global mindset and a sense of humour! The deadline is on 13th September 2015. New sponsors and prizes to be announced!


To enter the Year Abroad Awards, you must be a student at a UK university (or have graduated from a UK university within the past year) and have spent up to a year studying, working or volunteering abroad during your degree. Please check out our FAQs and T&Cs for more information about the Awards, and scroll down to read more and enter.


  1. The Blogging Award for Best Documentation of Adventures
  2. The Photography Award for the Photo of the Year
  3. The Videography Award for the Film of the Year
  4. The Entrepreneurial Award for the Best Startup Idea
  5. The Students' Choice Award for the Most Outstanding University Advisor
  6. The Adversity Award for the Most Inspirational Student
  7. The Language Award for the Best Grasp of a Foreign Language
  8. The Year Abroad Yarn Award for the Most Brilliant Anecdote
  9. The Universities' Choice Award for the Most Transformed Student
  10. The Travel Writer Award for the Best Mole Diary


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REMINDER: Nominations for the Threlford Memorial Cup 2015


REMINDER: Only a few days left: the closing date for nominations is Friday 31 July 2015

IoL Educational Trust (IoLET), the awarding body of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, invites nominations for the Threlford Memorial Cup 2015. The cup will be presented to the winner at an awards ceremony in central London in November.

The Threlford Memorial Cup is awarded annually to an individual, organisation or project making a significant contribution to 'fostering the study of languages', in the words of CIOL founder Sir Lacon Threlford. The runner up receives the David Crystal Trophy, kindly donated by renowned linguist and CIOL Honorary Fellow, Professor David Crystal.

The awards have attracted a wide variety of nominations in previous years and recent winners include the Arsenal Double Club Languages, and GCHQ's Language Outreach Project.

Anyone wishing to submit a suitable candidate for the award should download the nomination form from the Annual Awards 2015 page of the CIOL website, complete in full, supplying two referees, and send by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Further information from:

Debbie Butler
Communications and Marketing Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
020 7940 3105

#YearOverHere Campaign


Discover the world's greatest languages, festivals and culture, right here in the UK !

Welcome to our #YearOverHere Campaign, in partnership with Routes into Languages.  As linguists, we tend to have our gaze fixed outside the UK (especially when planning - or pining! - for our time abroad) - so much so that we often forget to appreciate the incredible intercultural opportunities we have here at home! As part of our campaign we have collected listings of upcoming UK-based foreign cultural events** and courses, language-enhancing resources and top tips to help you immerse yourself in a foreign culture in order to hone your global skills - all without leaving the UK!

For further details go to:

Routes Live


Routes into Languages is launching a series of webinars covering the topic of employability as part of a strand of online dissemination activity which HEFCE has asked us to carry out and which was discussed at a recent Project Managers' meeting.

The first webinar 'Working as a translator or interpreter: ask the experts!' is scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2015, 12.30-1.30. The event aims to address an audience of students, teachers and trainers who are invited to ask questions to a panel of experts.

Please, visit to find out more details about this event.

And follow us on Twitter #RoutesLive where anybody can post questions to be fed to the panel before the day of the webinar.

Speak to the Future: the campaign for languages "Write to your MP"


As political parties put together their manifestos for the 2015 General Election, what better time to write to your MP to highlight the importance of policies which support language learning in schools, universities, businesses and the community?

By writing to your MP you can support the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages’ call for a 5-point plan to improve the UK’s language capability and in supporter of learners, teachers and all who benefit from language skills. 

You can help by:

§  emailing your MP

§  asking them your questions (letter templates below)

§  Send us your questions and their reply.

Speak to the Future will publish letters on this website when permission has been given.

Speak to the Future will work closely with the APPG on Modern Languages to enable it to be better informed about MPs’ support for pro-languages policies, and which MPs are most supportive. Read more about the APPG on its website.

Remember, MPs are duty-bound to reply to their constituents – so let’s get them to show their support for languages!

So, how can you get involved? It’s easy!

1) Identify the current MP for your constituency (you can use this site)

2) Send them a letter asking for their views. You might like to use one of our templates for inspiration. Feel free to amend these to include your own views and questions!

General focus

Business focus

Primary languages focus

Community languages focus

Download the Letter-writing pack (Zip, 879KB): WriteToYourMP-LetterWritingPack - includes these instructions and all letter templates in Word and a copy of the Manifesto for Languages.

3) When they respond, you might want to send a follow-up letter, thanking them and inviting them to develop their views and endorse the Manifesto for Languages if they haven’t already done so. For example, use our template Follow up letter

Tip: If your MP has already replied to this campaign already, you might want to go straight to the Follow-up letter.

4) Remember to send any letters you receive to

5) We will then publish it (with permission) and pass on the information to the APPG on Modern Languages. Look out for publication and if you are on social media, please share!

Please note that we can only post electronic documents: a scan (image or PDF), or an email.

Remember, you must ask for permission to host the reply on this website. Paste this into your email to ask for permission to display your MP’s answer:

The website aims to make MPs’ views about the importance of languages clear to all. With your permission I should like to post this letter and your response on the website. 

Our aim is to get a response from a majority of MPs between now and the election. You can help us get there – we look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch on

or go to:

Westminster Forum: The future for Modern Foreign Languages at GCSE and A-level - Tuesday 28 April 2015 - London


Guest of Honour: Professor Stephen Parker, Chair, ALCAB Panel for Modern and Classical Languages and Henry Simon Professor of German, University of Manchester

This event held on Tuesday 28 April 2015 in Central London is CPD Certified.

Scheduled to follow the release of the British Council's annual Language Trends survey, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to consider the current and future state of language learning in England's education system up to the age of 18. It follows the A-level Content Advisory Board's (ALCAB) report on Modern Foreign and Classical Languages, which highlighted a 'grave decline in the numbers studying MFL (modern foreign languages) beyond the age of 16'.

Delegates will discuss the specifications for MFL subjects at GCSE and A-level, planned for September 2015, as well as the challenges surrounding implementation and first teaching in 2016. Other areas for discussion include steps to be taken to tackle widespread concern that students tend to regard languages, particularly at A-level, as 'hard' and of little future value, as outlined in a recent review by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). In addition, the conference will also look at concerns raised by employers and businesses that languages are no longer taken seriously, as detailed in the CBI-Pearson annual Education and Skills Survey.

Further planned sessions will consider measures to improve the take-up of MFL at Key Stage 4, such as Government's proposal to pilot foreign language 'teaching hubs', and efforts to increase the number of language teachers within primary and secondary schools. Additional areas for discussion include the role played by foreign exchanges and technology in supplementing the language learning experience, as well as the benefits of languages for the economy.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Stephen Parker, Chair, ALCAB Panel for Modern and Classical Languages and Henry Simon Professor of German, University of Manchester; Bernadette Holmes, Bye Fellow, Downing College, University of Cambridge; Teresa Tinsley, Founder, Alcantara Communications and Author, Language Trends surveyCaroline Norman, Project Manager, Home Language Accreditation Project (HoLA), Languages Sheffield and Leanne Tritton, Founder and Managing Director, ING Media have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Ian Bauckham, Headteacher, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Kent and Immediate Past President, ASCL; Vicky Gough, Schools Advisor, British Council; Dr Lid King, Chair, Speak to the Future and Director, The Languages Company; Rene Koglbauer, Director, Network for Languages North East and President, Association for Language Learning (ALL); Nick Mair, Chairman, Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association; Humair Naqvi, Regional Director - Corporate, Education and Public Sector, Rosetta Stone and Michael O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge International Examinations have also agreed to speak.

Anna Bawden, Deputy Editor, Society Guardian and Education Guardian and Lord Harrison, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

To view the latest agenda or book a place, please visit: