The Routes into Languages Programme

Routes into Languages: promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility 

  1. The new Routes into Languages Programme in England is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and will run from August 2013 to July 2016. Aston is lead institute of the West Midlands Regional Consortium and works in partnership with the Universities of Birmingham, Coventry, Keele, Warwick, Wolverhampton and Networks for Excellence. The Consortium aims to address the issue of progression routes in schools and colleges and to highlight the theme of international mobility with a variety of projects and activities from cultural events and revision days to e-mentoring and tutoring. 

It has the following objectives:

    • Promote increased take-up in learning languages and associated cultures in secondary and higher education, including the learning of a diverse range of languages.
    • Promote increased take-up of work and study abroad in language degrees and in other subjects, especially encouraging students to spend a year abroad during their studies.
    • Promote greater national capacity in those areas of employment that require proficiency in languages and intercultural competence, including careers where cultural mediation is a key asset, as well as careers in translation, interpreting, teaching and research. 
    • Promote raised aspirations and attainment of students in secondary school and higher education, thereby widening access to language study and helping to encourage a broader social profile of undergraduates studying languages (gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, diversity of languages).
    • Promote greater collaboration between participating universities, schools and key stakeholders, including cooperation between academic communities with different identities and between academics and managers in widening participation and careers services.

For more information on the Routes into Languages programme and a full list of projects and activities taking place in the Midlands please visit our website www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/westmidlands or contact:

2. The National Network for Translation is led by Salford University, in collaboration with the Universities of Aston, Bath, Heriot-Watt, Portsmouth Salford and Westminster. The Network organises a series of regional and national events to address the national shortage of translators with English as their first language, the bias towards Western European languages in translator training programmes, the low profile of careers in translation and the need to develop stronger cooperation between course providers and potential employers.

For more information on the National Network for Translation please visit the website https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/translation/ or contact: