In 1986, the Parker Report highlighted the need for Britain to maintain and nurture high quality centres of language teaching in order to equip employees of British government services, non-governmental organisations, media outlets and businesses with the cultural and linguistic expertise to facilitate successful interaction with foreign partners.
25 years on, the British Academy sought to explore the situation today, in an increasingly globalised environment, against a backdrop of uncertainty around higher education funding. On 18 July 2011, the Academy held a forum bringing together the user and provider communities to discuss these issues under Chatham House rules. The forum was chaired by Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House.
The discussion led the British Academy to undertake an inquiry Lost For Words: The need for languages in UK public policy into language needs for UK public policy making and implementation.
List of participants
Professor David Arnold FBA, University of Warwick
Mukta Das, Amnesty International
Professor Graham Furniss FBA, SOAS
Professor Clive Holes FBA, University of Oxford
Tony Jones, British Council
Professor Geoffrey Khan FBA, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter Kornicki FBA, University of Cambridge
Dr Robin Niblett, Chatham House
Professor Tim Niblock, University of Exeter
Hugh Philpott, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Professor Bernard Silverman, Home Office
David Sweeney, Higher Education Funding Council for England
Professor Nigel Vincent FBA, British Academy
Professor Dame Helen Wallace FBA, British Academy
Frances Wood, British Library
Professor Elizabeth Wright, University of Nottingham
Professor Tim Wright, British Association for Chinese Studies