Map of the Uk and Ireland

Welcome to the AULC Website

AULC has more than 70 institutional members, including over 60 HEIs from the UK, 7 from the Republic of Ireland and 3 other organisations (see our list of members). If you are interested in joining, please contact the Secretary or any of the other Executive Committee members for information.

UCML/AULC Survey 2015-16

A survey of IWLPs in the UK was conducted in October-November 2015 and reported at the AULC annual conference and UCML plenary meeting in January 2016. Read the full report here. Read the 2014-15 report here.

18th AULC Annual Conference, Jan 2017

The next AULC Annual conference will be hosted by Queens University Belfast on 12th and 13th January.

The theme of the conference is 'The Multilingual University: Inspiring teachers, transforming learners'.
The sub-themes will include the following:

  • Blended learning, elearning, languages and technology
  • Building bridges in language and culture outside the classroom
  • Inspiring teachers, transforming learners
  • Enhancing professional competence
  • Ensuring quality in teaching and learning (including assessment)

Please send your abstracts (250 words maximum) to:  t.smith@qub.ac.uk Closing date: midnight on Friday 25th November 2016.

This conference aims to provide an opportunity to consider these themes and to share expertise and ideas.  The AULC AGM will take place during the conference, on the Friday morning – an opportunity for all AULC members to shape the Association which represents us.

See 'Minutes and reports' for details of all previous AGMs/Conferences since 1999

14th CercleS Conference 2016:

Enhancing Learners’ Creative and Critical Thinking: the Role of University Language Centres.

The Conference will be held on 22-23-24 September 2016 at the University of Calabria. Details can be found on the conference website.

UNILANG: A certification scheme for language learning in higher education

The UNILANG certification scheme will serve to help UK university students articulate and translate what their language learning outcomes mean in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). More details can be found here:UNILANG .

LSPHE: Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education

Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education (LSPHE) is an AULC special interest group which aims to bring together LSP practitioners from around the UK and beyond. The group have just launched their own website. Here, among other things, one can find information on future LSP events taking place across Europe.

'Shaping the Future of Languages in HE'

AULC is a partner in the national 'Shaping the Future of languages project, launched in June 2011. The project website provides resources to assist language centres and academic departments to promote the work they do, under three headings: shared identity, internationalisation and employability.

'Speak to the Future' campaign

AULC is a participant in the national 'Speak to the Future campaign', launched on February 15th 2011. In particular, we support Objective 4: "Every graduate qualified in a second language
This will prepare future leaders in business, the professions, voluntary organisations, education and research to thrive and communicate confidently in complex global societies "
speak to the future logo

As part of this campaign several AULC members celebrated the Festival of Languages on or around March 8th (Mardi Gras) in 2011. Read reports of these events. In 2014 Mardi Gras will be on March 4th, when we hope more celebrations will take place.