Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

Welcome to AUPHF+
Advocating for French and Francophone Studies in the UK and Ireland

At the AUPHF+, our mission is to defend the specificity of French within the general advocacy for languages within the UK and Ireland. 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.

We warmly welcome members from all stages, including Postgraduates and Early Career Academics


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

Latest News & Events

Navigating the Job Market and Applying for a PhD in French Studies: Workshops for Early Career Researchers

AUPHF+ invites you to join our programme of events for those who are applying for a PhD and those who are ECAs navigating the job market in French Studies: Join our workshops on 18th March on applying for a Lectureship, Postdoctoral fellowship, Teaching fellowship or PhD. Register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applying-for-a-phd-and-navigating-the-job-market-in-french-studies-tickets-250138941307  


In Love with Languages! French Undergrand Video Competition

Open to all UK undergraduates in French and Francophone Studies.
Undergraduate students are invited to submit a video clip of 3 minutes maximum on one of the following topics:  1. In love with languages  2. How languages can change your life  3. The art of translanguaging
Prizes: Three prizes worth £100 each.
Full details: In Love with Languages 2022

Final Reminder: AUPHF+ Postdoctoral Fellowship 

This fellowship will enable the recipient to develop their research profile through a project that will have tangible and impactful outcomes. A requisite of the award is that the research will lead to at least one public-facing, policy document with which AUPHF+ can engage policy makers and curriculum designers. The recipient will receive a stipend of £5000 paid in two instalments: the first upon delivery of the preliminary report; the second upon completion of the project. Projects should begin no later than 1 March 2022. Further Particulars available through this link: AUPHF+ Postdoctoral Fellowship

Call for papers: AUPHF+ Annual Event: Decentring French Studies

The AUPHF+ Annual Event will take place Wednesday 4th May 2022, online.
We invite PGRs and ECRs in French and Francophone Studies to send proposals for 5-10 min presentations on the event theme: 'Decentring French Studies'.
The workshops will be followed by a Keynote Speaker on the theme.
Further details here: Annual Event CFP 2022


Undergraduate Competition: Let's Study French at Uni!

AUPHF+ is offering two project grants, worth £500 each, for student-led projects that will promote the study of French and Francophone Studies at University. The projects will be entirely student-led and could for instance include outreach activities in secondary schools, taster workshops, film screenings, a performance, a creative writing event, etc. Students will shape and conduct their project collaboratively in a group. The competition is open to all undergraduate students of French or French and Francophone Studies enrolled at a UK University.  Further Particulars available through this link: Promoting French at University Grants

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.

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