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Félicitations! National honour for Aston University

06 December 2005 – for immediate release

Annie Bannerman, who is a Project Officer in the School of Languages & Social Sciences at Aston, has been awarded national recognition for her work in opening up opportunities for all young people to study languages and promoting the benefits of learning languages. Her work is funded by the University's widening participation grant from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England).

Annie has won the Chartered Institute of Linguists Threlford Memorial Cup for 2005. The cup was first awarded in 1918 for 'fostering the study of languages'.

Annie Bannerman with her award

She received her award at a special prizegiving ceremony in London. It was presented to her for her work on a unique scheme called Languages for Life, which places undergraduate students who are studying at Aston in schools to talk about the positive experiences that learning a language has given them. The scheme also has a website with case studies of language graduates and their careers using language.

Aston University offers degree courses in French, German and Spanish. Annie herself graduated from the University in 2000 as a mature student with first class honours in French.

She said: 'I was both delighted and surprised to hear that I had won this award. It's a fantastic honour because it is the Institute's top award and it has only just changed its rules so this cup can be awarded to an individual.

'I'd also like to thank all the students, past and present, who were involved with the scheme and shared their experiences of language learning and how they use languages

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