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Jocelyn Wyburd


  • Director of the Language Centre
  • Fellow of Clare College

Contact Information

Telephone: +44 (0)1223(3)35012

Jocelyn Wyburd


Previous Position

  • 1999-2011 Director of the University Language Centre, University of Manchester


  • BA (Hons)/MA (Cantab) Modern and Medieval Languages (Italian/French), Trinity College, Cambridge
  • PGCE (Secondary languages), St Martin’s Lancaster
  • MA in Applied Languages and New Technologies, University of Hull

Awards and Fellowships

National Board Memberships

University of Cambridge Board and Committee memberships

  • Elected as member of the University’s Council to serve from January 2017
  • Council Committee for the Supervision of the Students’ Unions
  • Prevent Committee
  • Standing Appointments Committee for the University’s Administrative Service (UAS)
  • University and Assistants Joint Board
  • Council of the School of Arts and Humanities
  • MML Faculty Board 
  • AMES Faculty Board
  • Engineering Department’s Language Unit Management Committee

External quality/strategic review panel memberships

  • Chair, Quality Review Group, Department of Languages & Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick, Ireland (2017)
  • Member of 3-person international external panel conducting strategic and operational review of University of Cyprus Language Centre (2016)
  • External member, Language And Linguistic Science Steering Group for the review of language provision at the University of York and subsequently member of the Implementation Group. (2015)
  • Panel member, AHRC assessment panel for Expressions of Interest to the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) (2014)
  • External reviewer, new combined languages/linguistics degree programmes, University of Warwick (2014)
  • External panel member, School of Modern Languages 5-year Review, University of Bristol (2014)
  • External reviewer, Department of Languages Strategic Review, University of Westminster (2013)
  • Consultant, Language Centre Review & external panel member for the Language Centre Chair/Director recruitment/appointment.  Queen Mary University of London. (2011-2012)
  • External member, Panel to review languages provision within the University, Sheffield Hallam University. (2010-2011)
  • HE Member, Qualifications Review Group, Diploma in Languages and International Communication (2009-2010)
  • External panel member, Teaching Learning and Assessment Committee Review of Educational Provision of Language Centre, London School of Economics (2009)
  • External reviewer, institution-wide language programme, Roehampton College (2004)

Selected Publications

Wyburd, J (2018) "Building Capacity in UK Higher Education". In Kelly, M (Ed) "Languages after Brexit: How the UK speaks to the World", Palgrave Macmillan (2018) (pp. 173-183)

Wyburd, J (2017) "Transnational graduates and employability: challenges for HE languages departments". In Alvarez-Mayo, C, Gallagher Brett, A & Michel, F (Eds) “Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing employability”,  (2017) (pp. 11-19)

Wyburd, J (2016), "Learning without EU: Jocelyn Wyburd predicts the fate of UK languages education post-Brexit", The Linguist Vol/55 No/5 Oct./Nov. 2016 (pp. 11-13)

Wyburd, J (2016), "Opinion: Brexit and the importance of languages for Britain #3", University of Cambridge News 13 Oct. 2016. Also published in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper 20/10/2016.

Wyburd, J (2016), "Multilingualism – the norm in a 21st Century global society", Education News CUP 04 Jan. 2016

Wyburd, J (2016) "We need a national debate on multilingualism". Languages Today 21 (Autumn 2015). Association for Language Learning.

Wyburd, J (2014) “Give languages a fair shout”. Opinion piece on languages and language policy. Times Higher Education.

Wyburd, J (2012) ‘‘Blended modes of language learning and teaching in the Language Centre”, University of Cambridge Learning and Teaching Support News Issue 23

Wyburd, J & Chadha, A (2006) “Keep Talking”, (school outreach project case study) in Crossing frontiers: Languages and the international dimension conference proceedings, CiLT/LTSN Subject Centre for LLAS

Wyburd, J (2006) “Autoaprenentatge i autonomia en el context de l’entorn de l’aprenentatge presencial i virtual” in L’espai d’autoaprenentatge: les noves necessitats i els models de funcionament en la societat actual[1] – proceedings of the XI Trobada de Centres d’Autoaprenentatge, Generalitat de Catalunya.

Wyburd, J, Chicken, E, Doherty, J (2005) “LATCOF: lessons from a secondary/sixth-form/HE consultative forum for language teachers” in Navigating the New Landscape for Languages conference proceedings,CiLT/LTSN Subject Centre for LLAS

Armstrong, A and Wyburd, J (2004) “HE initiatives with secondary school partners: Multiple strands of activity to benefit us all?” in Higher Education Bulletin. CiLT, London. (Autumn 2004 edition)

[1] Self-access and autonomy in the context of both physical and virtual learning environments – written in English and translated into Catalan by the Generalitat de Catalunya.