The University Council for Modern Languages (UCML) was established in 1993. It is chaired by Professor Claire Gorrara, University of Cardiff.

What does UCML do?

  • represents the views and opinions of scholars and professionals in modern languages and cognate disciplines to Government, the funding councils and other bodies at national level;
  • collects and disseminates information about the state of study, research and teaching of modern languages and cognate disciplines in the United Kingdom;
  • provides a forum for debate on issues of concern to its members through meetings, working parties, discussions, conferences, seminars and publications;
  • presents the case for languages in the media.

How does UCML work?

The continuing business of UCML is conducted by a Steering Group which reports to the Executive Committee whose membership reflects the breadth and depth of the sector covering modern languages, linguistics, area, cultural and translation studies as well as EFL/TESOL. Plenary meetings are held twice a year. Everybody who is associated with a HE or FE languages section, department or school or any of our membership organisations is welcome to attend and to participate in discussions. Plenary meetings usually contain a workshop or podium discussion on pertinent and timely issues concerning the sector. The summer plenary is also the Council’s AGM.

There is a branch of UCML in Scotland: UCMLS, chaired by Marion Spöring, University of Dundee. UCMLS nominates a representative to sit on the UCML Executive Committee which also includes representatives with specific remits to represent Wales and Northern Ireland.

SCHML: In January 2008, the Standing Council of Heads of Modern Languages (SCHML) agreed to dissolve its organisation and amalgamate with UCML. The amalgamated organisation, known as UCML came into being in July 2008.

Constitution and Standing Orders

Information about the objectives and framework of work of the organisation.

The Constitution and Standing Orders have been significantly reviewed during 2010/2011 after considerable consultation with members and the new versions were approved at the UCML AGM plenary meeting in June 2011. As a result of the review, a Steering Group was formed in January 2012, in addition to the Executive Committee.

Enquiries about these and about the work and membership of the Steering Group and Executive Committee to the Honorary Secretary:  Naomi Segal

Downloadable Copies of the Constitution and Standing Orders