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CETL success for UCL

23 February 2005

UCL and partners have been successful in securing funds for two Centres for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL), as part of a nationwide initiative by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE).

Professor Malcolm Grant

UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities, working with UCL's School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES), and the School for Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) applied for funding in order to create the Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning Languages of the Wider World. The partnership received the maximum amount available under the scheme, worth a total of £4.5 million over five years.

The UCL centre in Foster Court will research and develop new ways of learning and teaching languages, particularly the less commonly taught languages of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and will draw on SSEES's expertise in 10 such eastern European languages.

The HEFCE programme sees the establishment of 74 CETLs across England, to promote excellence across all subjects and aspects of teaching and learning. The funds received by CETLs will be used to recognise and reward excellent teachers and enable institutions to invest in staff, buildings and equipment to support and enhance successful learning in new and challenging ways.

UCL's President and Provost Professor Malcolm Grant stated: "The CETL will provide a facility in which to develop innovative approaches to language teaching; it is a recognition of the outstanding quality and unique range of language provision offered by SOAS and UCL. The students who will benefit from the work of the CETL are potentially those who will go on to occupy positions of leadership and management internationally. The award appropriately recognises the political, social, cultural and economic importance of language teaching."

UCL is also a partner with the universities of Leicester and Nottingham in the CETL for Spatial Literacy in Teaching (SPLINT). The award, worth around £750,000 to UCL, will be used jointly by the departments of Geomatic Engineering and Geography to develop and extend activities associated with UCL's MSc in Geographic Information Systems and related postgraduate teaching.

For more information on CETL use the links below.

Languages of the Wider World