The Routes into Languages Programme

A HEFCE funded initiative to increase and widen participation in language study in the 14 – 19 age group developed by the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the HE Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and CILT, the National Centre for Languages.  

The School of Languages & Social Sciences at Aston University is involved in two strands of the Routes Programme:

1. 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 languages and employability with a variety of projects and activities from cultural events and revision days to e-mentoring and tutoring.

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:

Angela Morris - Routes into Languages Project Officer
morrisa@aston.ac.uk 0121 204 3872

(Please note that Mrs Kat Stevenson is currently on Maternity Leave)

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 www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/translation/index.html or contact:

Professor Christina Schäffner


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research