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Jocelyn Wyburd


  • Director of the Language Centre
  • Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages
  • Fellow of Clare College

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Jocelyn Wyburd


Jocelyn Wyburd joined the Language Centre as Director in July 2011 following 12 years in a similar role at the University of Manchester. In these roles she has particularly focussed on promoting multilingualism and access to language learning including developing the environments, infrastructure and curriculum which encourage and enhance student learner autonomy, supported by ever changing new technologies. Her work in this area was recognised with the award of a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2002.

Jocelyn has long been very active in outreach work to schools to promote and support language study while championing widening access agendas. In 2013 she was appointed Chair of the national Advisory Board for Routes into Languages, and she has been an active member of Routes into Languages consortia (North West at Manchester; East of England at Cambridge) since the beginning of the programme. At Cambridge, she leads the whynotlang@cam programme of outreach activities funded through the University’s Widening Participation Project Funding, in association with the Faculties of MML and AMES.

Jocelyn sits on the Council of the School of Arts and Humanities; the Faculty Boards of MML and AMES and on the Management Committee of the Engineering Department’s Language Unit. She is also a member of the University’s Health and Safety Executive Committee and the Council Committee for the Supervision of the Students’ Unions.

Nationally, Jocelyn is very active in representing the HE languages community, in her capacity as Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) since January 2014. She was previously UCML Hon Secretary (2008-2011) and Vice Chair for Language and Intercultural Education (2011-2013) and was the last Chair of the Standing Council of Heads of Modern Languages in British Universities (SCHML) before its merger with UCML in 2008.

Jocelyn, who is a Fellow of Clare College, was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read Modern & Medieval Languages (Italian and French) before going to work in the charitable sector both abroad (Nepal) and in the UK. She is qualified to teach Italian, French, German and English as foreign languages and holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and New Technologies from the University of Hull. She is a keen traveller who enjoys high mountains and distant cultures, a skier and scuba diver.