A senior academic at Aston University, Birmingham, has been awarded an OBE for Services to Modern Languages in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Professor Pamela Moores, Executive Dean of the School of Languages & Social Sciences, has received the honour for her contribution to excellence in Modern Languages in Higher Education, and promotion of language learning in schools and colleges.
Professor Moores said, ‘This public recognition comes as a wonderful surprise and a great honour. Thanks to tremendous support from Aston colleagues, I have had the opportunity over the last couple of years to serve on a number of national committees in my capacity as Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages. I see this award as acknowledgement of the important work we are doing in seeking to reverse current trends by promoting language study. I hope that the public profile the OBE brings will help me to make a difference by ensuring that more young people get the chance to enjoy learning another language.’
Since Spring 2007, Professor Moores has been Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages, the overarching national organisation which represents the interests of languages, linguistics, and cultural and area studies in Higher Education throughout the United Kingdom, and also works with corresponding bodies in other countries.
Professor Moores has been a member of the British Academy working group responsible for the recent ‘Language Matters’ report, which examines the effects of a decline in language skills and intercultural competence on the UK’s international research capacity. She is also a member of the steering group responsible for development of the new 14 -19 Diploma in Languages & International Communication. She will be a key contributor to HEFCE’s recently commissioned review of Modern Languages in Higher Education, to be led by Professor Michael Worton of University College, London.
On a regional level, Professor Moores is Director of the West Midlands Consortium for Routes into Languages which works with schools and colleges to increase interest in language learning through a range of initiatives including mentoring, taster days, cultural events, and activities highlighting the value of language skills for employability. She is also Director of the West Midlands Regional Support Centre for Links into Languages, which aims to provide professional development opportunities and support to language teachers.
Professor Moores’ personal academic expertise lies in French and the French media. Her work has examined French journalism, national and regional newspapers and the street press. She is especially interested in political journalism, representation of women in the media, and issues of diversity, regulation and balance.
Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said, ‘This is a richly deserved honour for Pam Moores. Her contribution to Modern Languages at a national and regional level, as well as here at Aston, is impressive and critical for the UK, and it is fitting that she is recognised for her achievements. When I heard the news, I was delighted; everyone at Aston is extremely proud of Pam.’
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Notes to Editors:
1) Aston University’s School of Languages & Social Sciences is one of the Top 10 Modern Languages departments in the UK, according to the Guardian Good University Guide 2010.
2) Membership of the University Council for Modern Languages includes more than 100 schools and departments of Modern Languages in universities and colleges of higher education throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, together with professional and scholarly associations in the field of languages, linguistics and cultural and area studies. Visit http://www.ucml.org.uk/
3) More information on the ‘Language Matters’ report can be found at http://www.britac.ac.uk/reports/language-matters/press-release.cfm
4) Routes into Languages is a HEFCE and DCSF 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. Aston is lead partner in the West Midlands consortium, and is also a partner in the National Network for Translation. Find out more.
5) The national Links into Languages scheme is co-ordinated by the HEA Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), in partnership with the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SST). The aim is to provide a coherent programme of high-quality professional development, resources and information, to support the work of teachers, advisors, school leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders. Find out more.