The UCML Summer Plenary 2018 was held on Friday 29 June 2018.

Venue: the Churchill Room, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

For directions, click here.


10.00 – 10.30 Coffee & registration
10.30 – 12.00 AGM
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch (provided)
13.00 – 17.00 Workshop


The morning consisted of the AGM, open to representatives of all UCML member organisations. At the AGM reports were given by members of the Steering Group and representatives of the three nations, and was followed by an open discussion.

Papers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note that at this AGM a proposal came to update the Standing Orders of July 2016 (attached below). The amendments, which require the vote of members present at the AGM, was:

  • on p. 1: item 3 ii – change ‘postal’ to ‘online’;
  • on p. 7, below ‘Translation and Interpreting’ – the addition of one further Exec member:

Schools liaison, responsible for information from and on schools education, from Initial Teacher Training, through primary, to secondary education; and liaison with

  • Association for Language Learning
  • the Language Alliance

The afternoon Workshop, also open to representatives of all UCML Member Organisations, was titled ‘Languages in Action’. It was on the professionalization of language practitioners outside academia.


There is an assumption that graduates with language degrees choose to go into teaching, yet as we know from experience the percentage of graduates who follow this career path is rather small. We may wish to see these numbers grow, especially given the shortage of language teachers in the secondary sector, but we would like to use this workshop to set out some clear prospects for our graduates who wish to continue to use the language skills they have acquired but who are not inclined to train as teachers (at least straight after graduation). We are also hoping to be able not just to develop a list of popular career choices for our graduates but also to refer to professional recognition of language graduates and possible future accreditation, to ensure as far as possible that companies/individuals who take up a number of roles/contracts are able to fulfil them.

Workshop speakers


Paul Bishop Joanna Drugan Ann Carlisle Martin Day Lucila Granada Ben Tavener


Workshop Programme

13.00 – 13.30 Paul Bishop German, U of Glasgow Paul Bishop’s interests are in the commercial applications of modern languages.
13.30 – 13.55 Joanna Drugan Translation Studies, UEA Jo Drugan leads the Transnational Organised Crime and Translation Research Project
13.55 – 14.25 Ann Carlisle CEO of CIOL Ann Carlisle established the Metropolitan Police Service’s first Language Development & Accreditation strategy.
14.25 – 14.45 Tea & coffee break
14.45 – 15.05 Martin Day Foreign Office Martin Day is Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy at the FCO.
15.05 – 15.25 Lucila Granada Director, Latin American Women’s Rights Service Lucila Granada is a policy worker and campaigner; she is interested in careers for modern language graduates in NGOs.
15.25 – 15.45 Ben Tavener BBC World Service Journalist & presenter at BBC Russian service
15.45 – 16.30 Round table: Open discussion



UCML AGM 2018 item 0 – Agenda

UCML AGM 2018 item 1c.i – Standing Orders as from 1 July 2016

UCML AGM 2018 item 1c.ii – proposed Standing Orders as from 29 June 2018

UCML AGM 2018 item 2ab – draft minutes of Exec of 20 April 2018

UCML AGM 2018 item 2cd – draft minutes Business Meeting of 5 Jan 2018

UCML AGM 2018 item 3 – Chair’s report of 20 April 2018

UCML AGM 2018 item 4 – VC Education

UCML AGM 2018 item 5 – VC Research report

UCML AGM 2018 item 5a – Post-OWRI Research Funding for ML

UCML AGM 2018 item 6 – VC Communication

UCML AGM 2018 item 7 – Hon Sec report

UCML AGM 2018 item 8 – Treasurer report

UCML AGM 2018 item 8a Treasurer Midyear report

UCML AGM 2018 item 9.a NI report

UCML AGM 2018 item 9.b – Scotland Report

UCML AGM 2018 item 9.c – Wales Report

UCML AGM item 10a – Exploration of UCML supporting Routes into Languages

UCML AGM item 10b – Outline of licence for UCML hosting Routes brand



UCML AGM 2018 minutes FINAL of 24 July 18


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