Moray House School of Education and Sport

Institute for Language Education (ILE)

Established in 2020, the Institute for Language Education (ILE) challenges ways of thinking about languages, literacies and interculturality by interpreting language education as critical transformative praxis that enables educators to bring about social change to educational institutions across the world.


Name Role Email
Dr Kenneth Fordyce Co-head of Institute
Dr Ashley Simpson Co-head of Institute
Dr Farah Akbar Deputy Head of Institute

Liz Anderson-Whymark

Institute Administrator
Sarah Pullar Institute Administrative Assistant

All staff in ILE

Study with us

Institute for Language Education staff in the Meadows, Edinburgh

We offer large-scale, world-class masters' programmes in:

The latest research in the areas of language and communication underpins all of our teaching. 

Our staff make critical contributions to other programmes and work closely with teacher education teams in other institutes.  

Our programmes align with the Shared Learning Spaces initiative. This initiative aims to connect people around the world by breaking down physical and language barriers so everyone can share in and enjoy teaching and learning.

Shared Learning Spaces blog 


We carry out cutting-edge interdisciplinary research into global language education issues and challenges.   

Research groups

Language(s), Interculturality and Literacies Research Group

We are closely aligned with the 'Language, Interculturality and Literacies Research Hub' which brings together a broad range of fields into three key groupings: language(s), literacies and interculturality.

Language, Interculturality and Literacies Research Hub

Cross-college centres and networks

Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS)