LLAS News Blog

News articles of interest to higher education LLAS subject fields.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

BBC NEWS | Education | Scottish Baccalaureates disputed

Opposition parties have raised concerns that new qualifications in science and languages for Scottish high school students overcrowd the curriculum.

Thursday 27th November 2008
BBC News

Friday, 21 November 2008

Academy Scotland travel fund for academic staff

his new initiative is aimed at encouraging the exchange and dissemination of good practices, at the discipline level, throughout the UK. It is specifically aimed at enabling academic staff in Scottish HEIs to engage with colleagues from other parts of the UK and to support their institution’s priorities and developments in learning and teaching. The funding may be used to help colleagues attend Higher Education Academy (including Subject Centres) conferences, network meetings and special interest groups that are being run outside of Scotland.

We will fund up to 25 bursaries in each of two rounds during academic year 2008-09. The maximum value of each bursary will be £300.

The deadline for round 1 is Friday 28 November and for round 2 is Friday 27 February.

Further details, including an application form, are available for the Academy Scotland web pages.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

BBC NEWS | Wales | 'Historic' use of Welsh in EU

BBC NEWS | Wales | 'Historic' use of Welsh in EU: "

The Welsh Assembly Government pays for extra translation costs
Welsh has been used officially for the first time in a meeting of European Union ministers.
The move has been hailed as historic and follows years of campaigning for Welsh to be recognised in the EU"

Friday, 14 November 2008

Newcastle expels overseas students with fake grades | Education | guardian.co.uk

Mainly Chinese students may have been victims of bogus agents who forged applications, says university

Anthea Lipsett

The Guardian
Wednesday November 12 2008 10.15 GMT

Monday, 10 November 2008

LLAS sets up undergraduate research journal

Début: The Undergraduate Journal of Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies is an online peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate students of languages, linguistics and area studies. It aims to showcase scholarship carried out by undergraduate students in these subject areas. The first issue will be launched in 2009.

Début website

LLAS e-bulletin: November 2008:

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Monday, 3 November 2008

BBC NEWS | UK | Councils ban use of Latin terms

BBC NEWS | UK | Councils ban use of Latin terms

A number of local councils in Britain have banned their staff from using Latin words, because they say they might confuse people."

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | 'Oldest Hebrew script' is found

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | 'Oldest Hebrew script' is found:

Five lines of ancient script on a shard of pottery could be the oldest example of Hebrew writing ever discovered, an archaeologist in Israel says.
The shard was found by a teenage volunteer during a dig about 20km (12 miles) south-west of Jerusalem."