UK Language Policy after Brexit 2017: The influence of devolution

21 September 2017, Aberystwyth University  09:30 – 15:15

Plenary speaker: Prof. Sue Wright, University of Portsmouth


  • Registration (Tea and coffee)
  • Welcome, Prof. Rhys Jones, Aberystwyth University

Morning session: Brexit and modern languages

  • Prof. Sue Wright, Portsmouth University: ‘What makes language policy work?’
  • Joanna McPake, Strathclyde University & Fiona Copland, University of Stirling: ‘The future of languages education in the ‘other’ UK nations’
  • Charlotte Selleck, University of the West of England and Cardiff University: ‘An uncertain future for language learning in post-Brexit Wales: Bilingualism plus one’
  • Claire Gorrara, Cardiff University ‘Modern Languages Policy and Practice in Wales in an era of Brexit: Mentoring as an Effective Intervention’

Lunch (free for attendees)

Afternoon session: Brexit and regional and minority language revitalisation

  • Roundtable Discussion: The implications of Brexit for the language strategies and policies of UK sub-state nations. To include: Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, Aberystwyth University, Meirion Prys Jones, LinguaNi, Bethan Webb, Welsh Language Unit Welsh Government.
  • Catrin Fflur Huws, Aberystwyth University : ‘Legislation or policy: influences on language policies’
  • Dyfan Powel, Aberystwyth University ‘Young people, linguistic identities in Wales and Brexit’
  • Gwennan Higham, Swansea University: “Sooner or later I will be a citizen of this country…I want to learn Welsh”: reflections on language learning and belonging in a post-Brexit Wales’
  • Closing remarks

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 The conference is free for all to attend, including lunch.

This event is generously sponsored by the Language, Culture and Identity Research Network of the Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods ( and Abersystwyth University.