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Scotland’s universities and the 1+2 Approach: Update

Author: Marion Spöring, Chair UCMLS

Much has happened since University Council for Modern Languages Scotland (UCMLS) and SCILT held their joint national conference in May 2015. We established four regional hubs, taking into account the location of the UCMLS universities: East (Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt), West (Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Strathclyde, University of West of Scotland), Central (St Andrews, Dundee, Stirling) and North (Aberdeen, University of the Highlands and Islands). The Open University is linking across the whole of Scotland. At the first round of regional hub meetings in September 2015 we launched our programme for 2015-16. We reported back on the success during the second round of meetings in early 2016. In summary, as a result of our collaboration, we held:

  • four workshops in support of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry initiative
  • six Business Brunches
  • three regional semi-finals of the Word Wizard spelling competition

For 2016-17 we will start with a national conference in Dundee on 9 September 2016, 1+2: Looking back and moving forward, where we will take stock of the implementation of the 1+2 Approach. Registration will open in early June. We will share findings from our short survey at the conference - thank you if you have contributed to this. We will also hear from a range of keynote speakers and kick-start the process of creating a new, sustainable cross-sector action plan to successfully implement the 1+2 Approach by 2020. Regional follow-up workshops are planned again for September and December/January, plus a national seminar or webinar on 30 November 2016 (details to be confirmed). We hope to launch the new action plan at a national event on 10 March 2017. Look out for updates in the SCILT e-bulletin.

Please note, if you were unable to attend the last hub meeting and would like to be sent the relevant slides for your regional hub, please email SCILT.

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