The Society is keen to promote and defend the position of French studies, in its broadest sense, within the realm of humanities education in the UK and Ireland. Accordingly, it also promotes and defends languages learning and the humanities in general within the respective national and international educational agendas. It pursues these aims through a variety of activities and communications, including collaboration and active lobbying within the policy sphere, dialogue with various organs of the departments of education, and timely interventions within the national and international press.
Recent activism has included the following activities and statements, all of which are available to read or download (follow links on each named item). Links to external agency and society websites, where available and applicable, are also incorporated in their acronyms below.
Joint response with the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (AUPHF) to the Department for Education (DfE)’s consultation on ALCAB’s report and specification of content for the new Modern Foreign Language A level exam in the UK (autumn 2014)
Joint response with the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (AUPHF) to the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) on proposed changes to AS/A level exams in Modern Languages (autumn 2014)
Response to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) project on monographs and open access (summer 2014)
Response to Research Councils UK (RCUK) policy on the implementation of open access in publishing (spring 2014)