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The Westminster Forum for Languages and Linguistics and the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies are pleased to announce a training workshop on developing pathways to impact for early career researchers (ECRs) in bi-/multilingualism and education.

Workshop aims

The aim of the workshop will be to illustrate how research into bi-/ multilingualism can generate positive change in policy and practice with an emphasis on education, and to invite ECRs to develop ideas on how their work can generate pathways to such types of impact.

It will include three types of training sessions led by senior researchers who are members of the Peer Review Colleges of the AHRC and the ESRC (with proven track records of large-scale public engagement and impact-generating activities in the fields of bi-/multilingualism, literacy and education):

1. Talks by senior researchers on their impact experience, showing how they were able to create links between their research findings and demonstrable cases of impact
2. Break-out sessions, during which ECRs will present their research with a non-academic audience in mind, including ideas about how it can generate economic and/or societal impact, and will receive feedback from senior researchers and other ECRs
3. A round-table discussion on challenges and ways forward in pursuing the impact of research.

Download the workshop booklet (PDF).


  • Professor Jenny Cheshire, Professor of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London, FBA champion of the event
  • Dr Elena Ioannidou, Assistant Professor in Language Education, University of Cyprus
  • Dr Andrew Linn, Professor of Language, History and Society, University of Westminster, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC
  • Dr Vally Lytra, Senior Lecturer in Languages and Education, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Professor Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, member of the Peer Review College of the ESRC, director of Bilingualism Matters (keynote speaker)
  • Dr Stavroula Tsiplakou, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Open University of Cyprus
  • Professor Li Wei, Chair of Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education

The workshop is open to 60 PhD students and ECRs within 10 years of the award of their PhD. Participants will have an excellent opportunity to:

  • consider in detail concrete examples of how scientific research on bi -/multilingualism and bi-/multilingual education can make a demonstrable contribution to society by positively changing the quality of life of bi-/multilingual individuals and communities
  • develop their knowledge of current trends in academia in relation to impact
  • appreciate how important it is in the current climate for their research to sit well within the political, social and economic context in which academia operates
  • learn how to communicate academic knowledge to non-specialist audiences
  • apply their newly-acquired skills to their own research
  • receive advice on how to explore this new avenue for their work from senior colleagues and other ECRs.


If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please complete our expression of interest form by 27 October 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 3 November 2017.

A small number of travel bursaries are available for participants who do not currently hold an institutional affiliation or who do not have access to financial support from their home institutions. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, tick the appropriate box in the expression of interest form and provide a short statement of support.

For any enquiries, please contact Dr Petros Karatsareas at [email protected]

This workshop is organised under the auspices and the financial support of the British Academy as part of a Rising Star Public Engagement Award to Dr Karatsareas for his project “Transforming heritage language education” (EN160023).