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Million pound boost for languages programme based at the University of Southampton

Published: 16 August 2011

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has announced an additional £1.2 million to support the Routes into Languages initiative led by LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies, which is based at Humanities’, Avenue campus at the University of Southampton.

Routes into Languages aims to increase take up of modern foreign language courses in higher education in England, and encourage more young people of all backgrounds to study languages at university.

The additional funding from HEFCE for the period to end July 2012 will allow the programme to focus on the activities that have proved to be most successful – these include Student Ambassadors, sixth-form events and focused activities such as linking languages with sport and film. The funding will also enable Routes to plan for its future sustainability in the new funding environment for higher education.

Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Routes into Languages programme and professor of French at the University of Southampton, said:
'I'm delighted that HEFCE has agreed to extend funding for Routes in this way. The decision will be welcomed by universities and schools across the country and confirms the recognition that languages are a matter of strategic importance. It shows a genuine commitment to supporting access to languages and will give fresh momentum to the rich array of activities planned for next year.'

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