Language Matters More and More

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A British Academy Position Statement

In this statement, launched on 9 February 2011, the Academy argues that languages matter at all levels – from primary to post-doctoral – in research, business and society.

Highlighting that the UK is in danger of becoming  a nation of monoglots in a world of polyglots, the Academy argues that the UK’s research base in languages, linguistics, translation and other language-related areas is internationally competitive and we must strive not to lose that edge – and instead to widen its scope.

Outlining the value of languages, the statement calls for universities to take a leading role in addressing the growing mismatch between supply and demand.

Speakers at the 9 February 2011 launch event:
Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science
Baroness Jean Coussins, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Modern Languages
Professor Nigel Vincent, Vice-President, British Academy
Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost, UCL
David Docherty, Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education

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