Baroness Coussins, Chair of the APPG on Modern Languages
Baroness Coussins, co-Chair of the APPG on Modern Languages

“Languages are an increasingly key issue across all areas of policy and government as the world becomes more connected and the UK’s dealings abroad become ever more complex.  The APPG exists to bring key people together and ensure these issues are raised.”

Raising the profile of foreign language skills in the UK

The APPG’s stated purpose is to:

  • explore the educational, skills-related, employment, competitive and cultural benefits of learning and using languages throughout the UK
  • provide a parliamentary forum for information exchange and consultation
  • encourage and support policies and action improving the take-up of languages in schools, further and higher education, in the workplace and in the community.

The Chair of the APPG is Nia Griffith MP (Labour). The Co-Chair is Baroness Coussins (Crossbench). The Vice-Chairs are Sir David Amess MP (Conservative) and Baroness Garden (Liberal Democrat).

Public enquiry point for the APPG:

Contact details for the Chair: 

Members of the APPG

See a list of the present members of the APPG.

Manifesto for Languages

The APPG launched its Manifesto for Languages on 14 July 2014.  Among the policies being sought are:

  • A commitment to transform the reputation of UK citizens as poor linguists
  • High quality language learning for all children throughout the UK from age 7
  • A goal for every child to have a high quality language qualification by the end of secondary education.
  • Active encouragement for business and employers to get involved in tackling the crisis through a tax break for companies investing in language training
  • A commitment to maintaining and developing UK expertise in modern languages and cultures in university language departments

Learn more about the Manifesto for Languages.


The manifesto has attracted the support of the organisations and individuals listed below.  

If you would like to add your name or your organisation’s name to the list of manifesto supporters, please contact the APPG.  

National bodies

British Academy
British Council

Business groups

Association of Translation Companies (ATC)

British Chambers of Commerce

Chartered Institute of Linguists

Education & Employers Taskforce

Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)


Alcantara Communications

Arsenal Double Club

B.S.Mett – German Translation Services

Capital Law

Conversis Global

Eriez Magnetics


Konduit Ltd

Rosetta Stone


Schools and teachers

Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)

Girls’ Day School Trust

Girls’ Schools Association

HMC (Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference)

Language and education

Association for French Language Studies (AFLS)

Association for German Studies (AGS)

Association for Language Learning (ALL)

Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France

Academy of Social Sciences

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

British German Association

Independent Schools Modern Languages Association (ISMLA)

International House Newcastle Department of Modern Languages

National Association of Language Advisers (NALA)

The Languages Company

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC)

Routes Into Languages

Society for French Studies

Speak to the Future, the Campaign for Languages

Whole Education

University groups

Guild HE

UK Higher Education International Unit

Association of University Language Centres (AULC)

University Council of General & Applied Linguistics (UCGAL), UK

University Council of Modern Languages (UCML)



Bangor University

Birkbeck University of London

Durham University

Cardiff University

Leeds Metropolitan University

Sheffield University

Southampton University

University College London (UCL)

University of East Anglia

University of York


University departments

Aston University, School of Languages and Social Sciences

Bangor University, School of Modern Languages

International Academy at the University of Wolverhampton

London School of Economics Language Centre

Kings College London, Modern Language Centre

Kings College London, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Open University Department of Languages

Open University Faculty of Education and Language Studies

Regent’s University London School of Modern Languages, Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture

SOAS, University of London, Faculty of Languages and Cultures

University of Birmingham Department of Modern Languages

University of Bristol School of Modern Languages

University of Cambridge Language Centre

University of Cambridge Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages

University of Cambridge Faculty of Education

University of Essex Department of Language and Linguistics

University of Glasgow School of Modern Languages and Cultures

University of Hertfordshire School of Humanities

University of Lancaster Department of European Languages and Cultures

University of London, Department of Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck

University of Reading, Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)

University of Reading, Department of Modern Languages and European Studies

University of Wolverhampton, International Academy

University of Wolverhampton, Linguistics


Individuals (A-M)

Dr Mark Allinson, Senior Lecturer in German, University of Bristol

Dr Elizabeth Andersen, Newcastle University

Dr Nick Andon, Kings College London

Antonio Barriga Rubio, Aberystwyth University

Dr Uwe Baumann, Open University

Tita Beavan, Head of Department at the Department of Languages, Open University

Prof Wendy Bennett, University of Cambridge

Dr Nicholas Bowen, President, Chartered Institute of Linguists

Dr Keith Brown, Formerly Research Professor in Linguistics, University of Essex; affiliated lecturer, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Prof Martin Bygate, Queen Mary’s University of London & Lancaster University

Nick Byrne, Director, Language Centre, London School of Economics

Caroline Campbell, University of Leeds and Secretary, AULC

Alison Carminke, International Academy, University of Wolverhampton

Kumi Casey, University of Newcastle

Tony Chafer, Portsmouth University

Dr Simon Coffey, Kings College London

Prof Jim Coleman, Open University

Prof Sarah Colvin, University of Cambridge

Prof Tim Connell, Professor Emeritus City University

Dr Jan Culik, Senior Lecturer in Czech Studies, University of Glasgow

Dr Wini Davies, University of Aberystwyth

Pilar Delgado-Chaves, Language Centre, University of Glasgow

Prof Jean Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck University of London

Dr Thomas Dickins, University of Wolverhampton

Marian Dougan, DNA Language Ltd

Dr Joanna Drugan, UEA

Prof Martin Durrell, University of Manchester

Dr Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu, EAP Subject Leader, NCUK

Dr Edith Esch, University of Cambridge

Dr Yvonne Foley, University of Edinburgh

Prof Hilary Footit, University of Reading

Professor Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool

Dr Ian Foster, University of Bristol

Rosie Goldsmith, Journalist and presenter

Dr Luís Gomes, University of Glasgow

Olga Gomez, University of Lancaster

Dr Karen Grainger, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Damien Hall, Newcastle University

Dr Liz Hamp-Lyons, Visiting Professor, University of Bedfordshire

Dr Chris Harris, University of Liverpool

Dr Graeme Hayes, Head of Languages and Translation Studies, Aston University

Lucy Hill, School of Modern Languages, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Newcastle University

Dr Peter Howarth, Director, University of Leeds Language Centre

Prof Richard Hudson, FBA, UCL

Prof Susan Hunston, English Language, University of Birmingham

Dr Napoleon Katsos, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics,

University of Cambridge

Dr Charmian Kenner, Reader, Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Prof Andrew Knapp, University of Reading

Dr Emmanuelle Labeau, Aston University

Prof Terry Lamb, University of Sheffield

Dr Daniela La Penna, University of Reading

Patrizia Lavizani, Language Centre, University of Leeds

Dr Jeremy Leaman, Loughborough University

Dr Yongcan Liu, University of Cambridge

Dr Anja Louis, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Louise Lyle, University of London Institute in Paris

Dr Gee Macrory, Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Jane Mallinson, University of Glasgow

Catherine Marquart, Translate Into Business

Dr Laura Martin, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Dr Kevin McManus, University of York

Prof Paul Meara, Swansea University

Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic, Institute of Education

Lourdes Melcion, Centre for Language Studies, University of Roehampton

Marjie Michel, Linguistics, University of Lancaster

Prof David Midgley, University of Cambridge

Prof Ros Mitchell, Emeritus Professor of Languages in Education, Modern Languages, University of Southampton

Angela Molinari, International Academy, University of Wolverhampton

Prof Pam Moores, Aston University

Christian Mossmann, German, University of Exeter

Marina Mozzon-McPherson, School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture, University of Hull

Prof Florence Myles, University of Essex

Individuals (N-Z)

John Norrish, Formerly Head of Languages in Education, IOE

Emeritus Prof David Nott, Lancaster University

Dr Catherine O’Brien, Kingston University

Dr Malcolm Pollard, Head of Linguistics & Modern Languages, University of Huddersfield

Loredana Polezzi, Associate Professor/Reader, University of Warwick

Raúl Poncela, International House Newcastle

Prof Murray Pratt, Nottingham Trent University

Jenny Pugsley, formerly British Council & Trinity College London

Prof Brian Richards, Institute of Education

Dr. Frances E. Rock, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

Dr Sandra Salin, Newcastle University

Mirella Santamaria MBE, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Prof Ray Satchell, University of Sussex

Dr Ernest Schonfield, Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Dr Melani Schröter, University of Reading

Naomi Segal, Birkbeck University of London

Katya Seville, Researcher, Institute of Education

Maria Shepherd, Spanish, Kingston University

Dr Raymonde Sneddon, UEL

Dr Michael Thomas, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Rebecca Tipton, UCML

Prof Graham H. Turner, Heriot-Watt University

Enza Siciliano Verruccio, University of Reading

Dr Elodie Vialleton, Open University

Robert Vilain, University of Bristol

Prof Chris Wagstaff, University of Reading

Martina Wallner, Language Learning Unit, Keele University

Dr Catherine Walter, University of Oxford

Dr Julia Waters, University of Reading

Li Wei, Pro-Vice Master, Birkbeck University

Prof Eddie Williams, Bangor University

Prof Jan Windebank, University of Sheffield

Jocelyn Wyburd, Director, Language Centre, University of Cambridge


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