Modern Languages & Gaelic update

Modern Languages & Gaelic update

Dear colleagues, 

I am pleased to update you that our governing body Court today reaffirmed that we will continue to offer a full range of undergraduate Joint Honours degrees in Modern Languages, Translating & Interpreting, including Gaelic, together with taught and research postgraduate programmes.  

Those are among the key outcomes following a review of Languages which also concluded that research in Modern Languages will continue to be supported. 

While savings are needed, it is hoped that compulsory redundancies in Languages can be avoided if there is enough take-up of voluntary severance or enhanced retirement. 

Progress has already been made in this area, with staff in Gaelic being notified earlier this week that they are no longer at risk of redundancy. 

The review resulted in a strong set of proposals from staff in Modern Languages to strengthen recruitment to undergraduate degrees, which has been in decline in recent years, and to open up new income streams through recruitment to taught postgraduate programmes, growth in the number of PhD students, the development of further online courses, and through transnational education which will see students joining from overseas partners. 

It has been a difficult time for our colleagues in Modern Languages and the wider School of LLMVC and I am pleased that our governing body has now endorsed plans which will place Languages, including Gaelic, on a firm financial and academic footing. I am also grateful to the many staff and student representatives who have worked extensively to formulate the proposals. 

An Implementation Group, consisting of both staff and student representatives, will now be established to take forward the many positive ideas that resulted from the consultation. 

Best wishes, 


Karl Leydecker 
Senior Vice-Principal 

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