Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French+

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French+

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French+

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French+

Welcome to The Association of University Professors & Heads of French+

We hope this website will provide the kind of information you are looking for, both about the Association itself and about the discipline of French Studies more generally.

At the AUPHF+, our mission is to defend the specificity of French within the general advocacy for languages. We represent and nurture all areas of French studies, including French language, French and francophone literature, film, culture, history, politics and linguistics.

Like all other Subject Associations, AUPHF+ exists to serve the subject constituency, representing its interests, monitoring its changing needs and encouraging the exchange of ideas. Our role and remit are wide-ranging - the precise nature of our aims is set out in the Mission Statement that we have published on this site - and we are regularly consulted by funding councils and government.


Our aims are...

To promote and support the visibility of French and francophone studies within the HE sector in partnership with subject-specific organisations.

A key part of this is to support the development of current and future advocates in French and Francophone Studies.

To collaborate and work with major non-HE stakeholders in order to further teaching innovation, research partnership and collaboration, and public engagement and knowledge exchange. These stakeholders include AHRC, ESRC, Leverhulme, as well as language-focused schemes such as Routes into Languages

To advocate and lobby on modern language issues with significant external policy makers and decision-makers, above all the UK government, devolved governments, and the Irish government. The changing landscape of HE in the aftermath of the EU Referendum vote has significantly increased the importance and urgency of this function

To increase the reach and presence of French and francophone studies by developing and supporting increased international cooperation with French and francophone organisations and networks, as well as bodies that support intercultural cooperation on a  global stage

About Us

The Association of University Professors of French, as it was then known, was founded in 1946, at the same time as or just after the foundation of the Society for French Studies. Most instrumental in the initiative was Professor A. Carey Taylor, cited as the ‘véritable père’ of the Association’ in a minute of the Annual Conference of 1976, shortly after his death in 1975.

Meet our Executive Committee Find out more about us

News & Events

Proposed closure of the Department of History, Languages and Translation, Aston University 

AUPHF+ has written the following letter in response to the proposed closure of the Department of History, Languages and Translation at Aston Univeristy. 


Co-signed letter on UK withdrawl from the Erasmus+ programme

AUPHF+ has joined a range of learned societies and organisations in adding its signature and support to the attached UCML letter urging the UK government to reconsider its position and to ensure that the Turing scheme offers the same or increased opportunities as the Erasmus+ programme.

VIDEO PRIZE COMPETITION: In Love with Languages

AUPHF+ is thrilled to announce the prize winners of its 'In Love with Languages' video competition, Shawn Khefet from University of Lancaster ('In Love with Languages' Prize) and Sophie Cackett from University of Bangor ('How Languages Can Change your Life' Prize). Congratulations to Shawn and Sophie on their witty and enthusiastic performances and we hope you'll enjoy their videos which you can access here.

Plans to Cut the Arts and Humanities at the University of Roehampton

AUPHF+ has written the following letter in response to the proposed plans to cut Arts and Humanities at the University of Roehampton  


DECOLONISING FRENCH STUDIES 

A Workshop Organised by AUPHF+ 
Wednesday, 12 May, 2-5pm 

In this online event, we invited speakers and participants to consider the ways in which the discipline of French Studies can be expanded and transformed through processes of decolonisation. Click here for more deatils, including the programme. You can also now view the recorded sessions via this link 

Proposed closure of the Institutes of Latin American Studies and Commonwealth Studies

AUPHF+ has written the following letter in response to the proposed closure of the Institutes of Latin American Studies and Commonwealth Studies

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