Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Engaging communities

We are an international community at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, working hard to ensure that our teaching and research are accessible to everyone.

As a school of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, with staff and students from all over the world, we value the part that we can play in building connections between global and local.

Across every subject area in our School, there are initiatives to raise awareness of the value of higher education among young people who may not have previously considered a university degree, especially in literatures, languages and cultures, and to share knowledge from our research with the communities most likely to benefit from it.

Led by Annette GötzkesDirector of Outreach and Widening Participation, our Steering Group meets regularly to discuss ideas and opportunities, from speed networking for young Modern Language learners, to participation in the Sutton Trust Summer School.

Events like our showcase on 4th October 2018 - where we heard from colleagues and students in European Languages and Cultures, Celtic and Scottish Studies, Asian Studies, English Literature, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World - bring together a wider group of practitioners to ensure that we are constantly learning more about and from each other in this important area.

Outstanding Global Citizenship

We talk to Emily Lewis (recent Arabic and French MA Hons graduate) about success in the Students' Association Impact Awards, recognising the work of a group of volunteers in supporting their fellow students and the local community.

Strengthening links with local communities

We talk to recent Spanish and Politics graduate, Georgie Harris, about her new full-time role as the Students' Association Vice President for Community.

Language Linking Global Thinking

French and Spanish MA (Hons) student, Róisín MacFarlane, describes her involvement in SCILT’s Year Abroad schools initiative.

Students run integration project for refugees arriving in Germany

German refugee project participants
History of Art graduate, Ellen Smith, who studied German at LLC as part of her degree, talks about spending a summer working with young refugees in Zotzenheim.

Related links

Find out more about the Sutton Trust Summer School