The EU referendum and HE languages disciplines: Summer 2016

Date: Friday, 06 May 2016
Location: Europe House

Summary

A seminar being organised in advance of the UK referendum on EU membership which will take place on 23rd June.

(A UCML Executive Committee Meeting will follow this plenary event at 2pm.)

More details will be posted here soon as we confirm speakers and arrangements

The event is free to attend for individuals representing UCML member HEIs and/or member subject associations. To enable refreshments to be ordered and to provide details to Europe House of attendees, please register to attend by 29th April

Post-meeting documents

Themes

Some of the themes which may come up during the day:

  • Cultural encounters & cultural exchange for academics and students alike
  • EU policies on multilingualism and Mother Tongue + 2 languages as a goal for all EU citizens ( embraced by Scotland and Wales, though not officially in the UK as a whole or in England)
  • The Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area which enables greater student mobility between EU Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Erasmus+ : vital to enabling students of languages and with language skills to study for a semester/a year in other EU universities (a year abroad is compulsory on languages degrees)
  • Erasmus+ grants for students becoming Language Assistants in EU countries (very popular as a year abroad option)
  • Erasmus+ schemes to allow staff exchanges across EU countries – facilitating exchange of good practice, not least in language teaching and learning in HE
  • EU research funding grants (e.g. via HERA and ERC)
  • Mobility of employment, affecting UK HEI employment of language teaching staff and scholars in our disciplines, although the same does not apply to prospective employees from outside the EU
  • Mobility of employment allowing our students to take up internships and paid work placements in EU countries without barriers, thus developing their profiles as global graduates with language and intercultural skills and international experience
  • The EU and its institutions: careers for translators and interpreters progressing from our degree programmes
  • Migration into the UK and consequences for perceptions of multilingual, multicultural societies and implications of competition in the jobs market for UK graduates.

See also the Universities UK July 2015 press release announcing our Vice Chancellors back staying in Europe and a counter view on implications of leaving  from the Vote Leave campaign published in the Times Higher in December 2015

Speakers

Mary Honeyball MEP: title tbc

Professor Regine Hampel (Open University): The Power of Europe: Benefits of European funding opportunities for academic activity in the UK

Professor Karen Pratt (KCL): HERA Project on the Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript, including collaboration with the Universities of Utrecht and Vienna

Ruth Sinclair-Jones (Erasmus+ UK National Agency): Erasmus+ and UK language study

Anne Marie Graham (Head of Outward Student Mobility Programme, UK HE International Unit): The impact of EU membership on the UK HE strategy for Outward Mobility

Programme

Time Session
09:30 – 10:00 Arrival and coffee
10.00 – 11.30
  • Regine Hampel, The Power of Europe: Benefits of European funding opportunities for academic activity in the UK
  • Karen Pratt, HERA Project on the Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript, including collaboration with the Universities of Utrecht and Vienna
11:30-11:45 coffee
11:45-13:15
  • Anne-Marie Graham, The impact of EU membership on the UK HE strategy for Outward Mobility
  • Ruth Sinclair-Jones,‘Erasmus+ and UK language study’.
  • Mary Honeyball, MEP (Title TBC)
13:15-13:30 Panel questions, comments, summary
13.30-14.00 break for networking – lunch is not provided
14:00-17:00 Executive Committee meeting

Further reading

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