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Expanding Horizons. Connecting with Professional Organisations and External Partners . Challenges. Dominance of English Decline in student numbers Funding climate Promoting the case for languages with students, funders and policy-makers Making our work relevant to our stakeholders.

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expanding horizons

Expanding Horizons

Connecting with Professional Organisations and External Partners

  • Dominance of English
  • Decline in student numbers
  • Funding climate
  • Promoting the case for languages with students, funders and policy-makers
  • Making our work relevant to our stakeholders
the importance of external engagement
The importance of external engagement
  • Other voices and new perspectives
  • Aligning our offer to meet and exceed the expectations of stakeholders
  • Giving meaning to rhetoric about global, international and intercultural aspirations
  • Benefits of reciprocal relations
three stages to set goals
Three stages to set goals
  • Rank priorities for your language department
  • Allocate goals to your priorities
  • Focus on practical ideas to achieve your goals
rank your priorities
Rank your priorities
  • Resources and support
  • Raise the profile of languages
  • Innovation in teaching and research
  • Boost numbers applying to study languages
  • Grow IWLP
  • Improve careers advice for students
  • Personal and professional opportunities for languages colleagues
  • Other?
match goals to your priorities
Match goals to your priorities


  • Inject inspiration and innovation
  • Develop knowledge exchange
  • Improve careers information and advice
  • Foster links with businesses
  • Work placements for staff
i nspiration for practical ideas
Inspiration for practical ideas

Focus on ideas for practical ways of achieving your goals

  • Look at mini-case studies and other good practice
  • Consider ideas that meet your priorities and goals
  • Be realistic about the time and resources available
devising your offer
Devising your offer

Principle of collaboration for mutual benefit

  • How can external partners support languages at your institution?
  • What benefits can you offer to external stakeholders?
benefits to he of external partners support
Benefits to HE of external partners’ support
  • Careers and recruitment
  • Knowledge exchange for personal and professional interest
  • Strategic intervention
  • Financial and practical support
  • PR and publicity
benefits to external partners of he support
Benefits to external partners of HE support
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange
  • Recruitment and workforce
  • Financial and in-kind
  • Organisational and personal / professional objectives
making connections
Making connections
  • Harness existing contacts
  • Seek international links in other faculties
  • Involve alumni
  • Host networking events
  • Join other organisations
  • Involve all colleagues in developing a professional ethos
  • Be clear about commitment needed
  • Follow up and thank partners
mapping potential p artners
Mapping potential partners

Consider the appropriate mix of:

  • Organisations for Language Professionals
  • Employers’ Organisations and Businesses
  • Local Partners and Stakeholders
  • National Organisations and Bodies
  • International, Multinational and Global Organisations
  • Communication partners


organisations for language p rofessionals
Organisations for language professionals

Teaching and Teachers’ Organisations

  • ALL
  • CILT
  • NALA
  • SSAT
  • TDA
organisations for language p rofessionals1
Organisations for language professionals

Professional Linguists’ Organisations

  • ATC
  • CIoL
  • ITI

and Other Networks and Consortia, such as Routes into Languages and Links into Languages

employers organisations and businesses
Employers’ organisations and businesses

Shared concerns

The 2010 Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Education and Skills Survey cites employer dissatisfaction with UK graduates’ foreign language skills as the greatest source of dissatisfaction (56%) in graduate skills, and international cultural awareness as the third greatest source of concern (40%). 

need to understand the benefits of language learning
Need to understand the benefits of language learning
  • For direct, instrumental reasons
  • For transferable skills
  • For personal and cognitive attributes
targeting employer partners
Targeting employer partners
  • Which sectors?
  • What size?
key b usiness o rganisations
Key business organisations
  • BITC
  • CBI
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • CIHE
  • FSB
  • IEBE
  • IoD
  • UKTI
local partners and stakeholders
Local partners and stakeholders
  • Community and voluntary organisations
  • Conference and exhibition centres and sports venues
  • Councils
  • Schools and colleges
  • Tourist offices
  • Twinning organisations
national 0rganisations and bodies
National 0rganisations and bodies
  • AHRC
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Westminster departments
    • BIS
    • DfE
    • FCO
    • MOD
international multinational and global o rganisations
International, multinational and global organisations
  • CFCC in the UK
  • European Commission in the UK
  • NATO
  • OECD
  • United Nations
communication partners
Communication partners

Media experts

  • Communications and PR Consultants
  • Journalists and Broadcasters


  • Celebrities, sports personalities, business leaders and politicians