Skip to main content Skip to navigation

SMLC - News and events

Select tags to filter on

New TRC Opening times

The TRC Resources Room H0.81 is now open from 8.00am until 11.00pm Monday to Friday to all students registered to a module in the SMLC

SMLC Start of term for Intermediate and Final Years

Important start of year information for returning students

SMLC invites proposals for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016-17

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick welcomes expressions of interest from early-career researchers who would like to apply to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme in 2016-17. Closing date for proposals: 16th September 2016. 

More information

Earthquake in central Italy - advice for students

Earthquake in central Italy - advice for students

If you are travelling in the affected area, please follow the advice of the local authorities. Civil Protection have activated a hotline 800840840 for information. To learn more what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the Protezione Civile website (

If you have been affected in any way, please email the Year Abroad Coordinator in Italian ( The counselling support is also available (

Clearing Opportunities 2016

We have a small number of places available through clearing and adjustment this year. Please see for more information about our 4 academic departments.

We are happy to consider applications for all of our degree combinations, including our 3-language BA in Modern Languages - you can find a list of all our degrees here:

Warwick’s clearing hotline number will be 024 7653 3544 and it will open at 8am on Thursday 18th August.


Attack in Nice

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is shocked and saddened by the tragic attack in Nice last night. We send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those affected. Any students who are currently in France, and especially in the Nice region, should continue to heed the advice of the local authorities and remain vigilant. An emergency number has been set up by the French authorities for anyone in the UK concerned about friends or relatives in Nice (+3343175646) and the French Embassy in Paris has a 24 hour helpline number (+33144513100). Students who have been affected in any way by the events can contact the French Year Abroad team in the usual way, by email, while counselling support is also available (

Fri 15 Jul 2016, 10:45 | Tags: French - News Modern Languages - News

Donald Charlton Prize winner 2016

Many Congratulations to Lucy Hoyle (English & French) for winning the French Studies department's Donald Charlton Prize for the best overall performance by a second-year student

Wed 13 Jul 2016, 14:54 | Tags: French - News Modern Languages - News

Psychoactive supper shines a light on blanket substance ban

Last night Dr. Susannah Wilson, Dr. Oliver Davis and Dr. Rebecca Powers from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick hosted a ‘Psychoactive Supper’ to stimulate discussion about the concept of psychoactivity, central to The Psychoactive Substances Act (2016), a new piece of UK legislation that seeks to ban ‘legal highs’ by instituting a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances. Read more...

Wed 18 May 2016, 11:36 | Tags: French - News Modern Languages - News

New PhD Fellowships - DEADLINE 29th APRIL

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications for two PhD fellowships from outstanding Home/EU candidates in any area of research in French, German, Hispanic or Italian Studies in which the School is able to offer supervision. The fellowships cover fees and maintenance at RCUK rates for three years from October 2016. Successful candidates will be required to carry out some teaching or other academic-related duties for the School as part of the fellowship.

Warwick's School of Languages and Cultures placed among elite in latest QS world rankings

In the most recent QS world rankings by subject, Modern Languages at Warwick were ranked 30th in the world. This is a rise of 3 places on last year’s position in the same table. Warwick remains 6th in the UK according to the QS methodology.

Updated statement: Brussels attacks

We are very relieved to say that all of our students based in Brussels on the Year Abroad are safe and well. Students in Brussels should continue to heed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice which is to stay away from crowded places and public transport at this stage. Full and updated details of the FCO’s advice can be found here:

We are now in the process of contacting every student in France or a francophone country directly to ensure that they are also safe and well and you will be contacted individually by your Personal Tutor directly to check in. Students in France should likewise continue to heed the FCO’s advice for France which continues to state that the public should be extra vigilant, especially in public places.

These events are difficult to comprehend and of course follow only a few months after the Paris attacks in November. We are conscious that these attacks may well have an impact on your wider wellbeing. Further pastoral support is therefore available from your personal tutor in the first instance, from the French Studies Senior Tutor, Dr Susannah Wilson ( and from the University’s counselling team (

We will be in touch with any important further information where necessary. Further updates are available through the University's Insite page.

Thank you for your cooperation so far. We are naturally thinking of you and all those who have lost their lives or been injured in this tragic attack.

With best wishes

Professor Seán Hand, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Statement about terrorist attacks in Brussels 22 March 2016

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is concerned to hear of two explosions at the Brussels airport (Zaventem), and at Brussels metro stations (Maelbeek and Schuman) near the EU, this morning, 22 March. This situation has been reported as a terrorist attack, and the Belgian ministry has placed the country on maximum alert.

We are asking all our students in Brussels and Belgium at the moment to confirm immediately their safety for us, as your welfare is our first priority. If you wish to speak to anyone about your safety or welfare, please contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance, or you can contact David Lees (, Pierre-Philippe Fraiture ( or Cathy Hampton (

Brussels hosts a number of international institutions (EU and NATO), as well as government and foreign embassy buildings, which are sensitive locations. Please be vigilant at this time.

Transport, and especially flight travel, are likely to be severely disrupted today into and out of Belgium, and there will be enhanced border controls and a heightened military presence. We hear at this time (08:30 British time) that the Brussels metro has been closed. If you are planning to travel or from the UK in the near future, you may need to plan for the extra time that it may take to go through security checks. Security has been stepped up at Paris and Frankfurt airports.

Further updates may be provided by the University via the Insite web page.

Our deepest sympathies go to anyone affected by these latest outrages, and we ask all our students once again to verify their safety to us at the earliest opportunity.

Professor Seán Hand, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick UK.

Careers in Translation for EU Institutions, with Mark Smith, European Parliament

"Working as a Translator for the EU" by Mark Smith, Head of English and Irish Translation Unit at the European Parliament.
A wide-ranging presentation, covering all institutions, the institutional framework and legislative process, the need for multilingualism, the work of a translator and finally the recruitment process.

Respondent: Dr Mila Milani, Senior Teaching Fellow in Italian and former translation trainee at the EP.

12-13 (Graduate Space): informal Q&A session with Mark Smith, coffee/tea will be provided.

This event will be a unique opportunity to engage directly with translation experts at a highly professional standard and know more about the professional routes in translation available for Modern Languages students.

Winners of the HRC Doctoral Fellowship Competition

This year’s winners (and the conferences they will organise) are as follows:

 Rebecca Carnevali and Gloria Moorman (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance)

‘More than meets the page: Printing Text and Images in Italy 1570s-1700s’ 

Liam Lewis and Jane Sinnett-Smith (French)

‘Bodies in Flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art and Culture 1000-1450 

Gianmarco Mancosu (Italian)

‘Trespassing the Borders: Redefining Postcolonialism from Peripheral Experiences’

The winners of the competition are each given a research budget of £400 and a conference budget of £600, and are invited to organise a one-day interdisciplinary conference during the following academic year.

Three bursaries now available for MA study for October 2016 entry

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to offer three bursaries to suitably qualified MA applicants for the 2016-17 academic year. These bursaries cover fees only, at the home/EU rate. Any home/EU applicant for any of the Masters courses offered in the School is eligible to apply for one of these bursaries.

French debating team through to national final

Congratulations to French at Warwick's debating team, made up of Courtenay Barron-Cutts, Anna Cottakis, Manon Lepretre and Peter O’Brien, who beat Exeter yesterday to make it through to the national final at the Institut français in London. Well done to their coach, Dr Margaux Whiskin, on this great result! Chapeau!

Cultural Engagement Fellowship (deadline 25 January)

The Cultural Engagement Fellowship is a three-month position beginning 15 February 2016, based in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University Of Warwick.

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.

Studying French in a French Language School

Monday 30th November at 3pm. Room S0:18
The French department in collaboration with Student Careers & Skills has secured a presentation from Mme Chateau the director of the prestigious Ciel school in Brest, Brittany about studying in a French Language school.
The presentation will give students a unique insight into studying French at a Language school in France as well as an overview of the range of study opportunities available to students. Mme Chateau will also give her first-hand experience of the Brittany region and what it is like to work and live in this region of France.
To secure your place, sign up to this event through this link to myAdvantage:
Mon 23 Nov 2015, 11:03 | Tags: French - News Modern Languages - News French - Impact

Latest news Newer news Older news