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Warwick’s new Teaching Academy

Warwick’s new Academy (Warwick International Higher Education Academy) was set up in 2015 to champion inspirational and effective teaching at the University. During this year a number of staff were nominated as Foundation fellows, including Teresa MacKinnon from the Language Centre at SMLC. Further information about the possibilities that will be supported by the Academy can be seen here:

Find out what the Academy can do for you.

Dr. Zhiyan Guo, Senior Teaching Fellow in Chinese, has been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Dr. Guo said: I am very pleased that my reflective practice and efforts have been recognised by Higher Education Academy. I recommend all my colleagues to experience this joy of being a teacher. I have been teaching languages in higher education in China and in all sectors of education in the UK for the past twenty years. Being interactive, supportive and research-informed have been my teaching principles. It is fun to use blended learning to enable students to become competent and confident learners taking charge of their own Chinese learning for their future personal and professional life.

Deirdre McMahon's translations published

Many congratulations to Deirdre McMahon, student taking the MA in Translation, Writing and Cultural Difference, who has had her translations of two poems by Austrian-Slovene writer, Maja Haderlap, published in Berlin-based journal, No-Mans-Land: see

Kate Willman's Successful Viva

Warmest congratulations to Kate Willman in Italian Studies, who had a very successful PhD viva on 26th November. Kate's thesis, entitled 'New Italian Epic: History, Journalism and the 21st Century "Novel"', was examined by Ann Caesar (Warwick) and Florian Mussgnug (UCL), who defined it 'a highly engaging, lively and critically alert piece of work'. The supervisors were Jenny Burns and Fabio Camilletti.

James Hodkinson in Public Discussion with Baroness Warsi and the Bishop of Guildford

Dr. James Hodkinson of SMLC, currently researching Islam in German History, has been invited to take part in an event hosted by Woking People of Faith Interfaith forum, alongside prominent speakers in Woking on November 18th, 7pm.

Update for all our students concerning the events in Paris 13th November

Dear students,

We are delighted and relieved to report that all our students are safe. Please read our updated statement here.

Cineforum: Italian Contemporary Films and the Italian City

Open to all students
Free entry
All films have English subtitles
With an expert introduction and Q&A/discussion afterwards

Mon 16 Nov 2015, 10:18 | Tags: Italian - News Modern Languages - News

Statement for students in Paris

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is shocked and saddened by the events on Friday 13 November in Paris. We send our solidarity and sympathy to all those affected. We ask all our students in Paris at the moment to verify their safety for us and to read this statement.

Professor Seán Hand, Head of School.

SMLC Phd Scholarship applications 2016-17

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications to the university’s annual funding competition for doctoral students, for entry in 2016-17.

Linguists shine in female development programme


As part of Warwick’s day-long celebration on 10 March of International Women’s Day, the School of Modern Languages and Cultures congratulated its large cohort of students who recently graduated from Warwick’s 2015 ‘Sprint’ female personal and professional development programme. In thanking the students for their participation and commitment, Dr. Joanne Lee spoke of the continung need to develop female leaders, especially those with multi-lingual skills and real international experience.

Post-graduate Bursary notice 2015

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer three bursaries to suitably qualified MA applicants for the 2015-16 academic year.

Alumni Careers Evening for Modern Linguists

alumni careers

An exciting and illuminating alumni careers evening, organised by students Nung Yang and Jessica Hargreaves for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, was attended by 74 students from all undergraduate years. Invited speakers, including several graduates, gave presentations on the wide variety of career options available for modern linguists, before networking discussions continued over the obligatory pizza!

Leverhulme Trust Early-Career Fellowship scheme applications

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick welcomes strong applications to the Leverhulme Trust Early-Career Fellowship scheme. The School has enjoyed important successes in this scheme in recent years and is keen to support postdoctoral candidates whose profiles fit the scheme and whose proposed research speaks to the School’s key research strands within and across French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies.

REF success for the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures was highly successful in the most recent national research exercise, the 2014 REF, with our research outputs ranked 5th in the UK. 79.7% of our work, and 100% of our environment, was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. With three of the four submissions ranked above us specialising entirely in Linguistics outputs, we are one of the very best UK institutions for comprehensive research in modern languages. This output ranking also places us above all other Russell Group universities, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, King's College London, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, and UCL. The School is also top-ranked for Modern Languages overall in the Midlands region.

Professor Seán Hand, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, commented: ‘We are delighted with this strong endorsement of our research capabilities across the whole of our School, in French, German, Italian and Hispanic Studies. As we do not pursue research in Linguistics, the proportion of our outputs deemed to be in the highest possible category of 'world-leading' also places us just behind Cambridge and Kent (which both also included Linguistics in their overall return). And our output's 'intensity' ranking (which takes account of the proportion of staff entered into the exercise), again ignoring Linguistics returns, places us 2nd in the UK, just behind Cambridge. In conjunction with our University’s overall rankings, where we are rated the 7th best research university in the UK, and with our status as the current Times/Sunday Times University of the Year, this result really emphasizes how Warwick offers a truly world-class research-intensive environment for the comprehensive study of modern languages.’

Photo competition open to all undergraduate students of language

A competition has been launched to find a new, original photograph to front the School's new webpages!

Monash Warwick joint PhD innovation

In research that will take him to Italy, England and Australia, Mr Goffredo Polizzi, one of the first students to receive a coveted Monash Warwick joint PhD scholarship, is examining how Italians form their identities in light of changing cultural influences. Associate Professor Rita Wilson from Monash University, and Associate Professor Loredana Polezzi from the Warwick School of Modern Languages and Cultures, are jointly supervising Goffredo’s research. The Monash Warwick Alliance is an innovative approach to higher education that is accelerating the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash and Warwick Universities. For the full story, see here.

Modern Languages rise in 2015 Complete University Guide

The Modern Languages subjects at Warwick achieved some impressive rankings in the 2015 Complete University Guide, published 12 May 2014. French moved up one place to 3rd, and now sits above Cambridge and just behind Oxford. German moved up to 5th position, on the heels of Oxford, Cambridge, and Exeter. Italian is in 7th position, on equal footing with St. Andrew’s. Our new Department of Hispanic Studies does not yet feature in these tables.

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