CLAS colleagues Ulrike Bavendiek and Nelson Becerra-González are representing the university in the national Routes into Languages programme promoting the study of languages this academic year. We will be focussing on this exciting and important work over the coming weeks and months on this blog, so watch this space! If you would like to know more before then, please do contact Ulrike and/or Nelson directly.

Some of the forthcoming projects will require Language Student Ambassadors to give talks at the events. These Ambassadors will be trained for the role at the university, and will gain valuable work experience while also being paid at the rate of £50 for each 45-minute talk they give. If you are (or know of) a student from first to final year, on any degree course but able to speak another language, who is enthusiastic and sociable, and would like to promote the study of languages in local schools, please get in touch. Interested parties should contact the North West Routes into Languages Project Administrator ( by 4th October 2013.