The project was highlighted as 1 of 6 projects from Cardiff University, due recognition for its contribution to innovation.
“The Consortium empowers schools to improve outcomes for all learners. The Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Project has played a key role in broadening the horizons and aspirations of learners. The mentoring scheme has highlighted the skills, mobility opportunities and wellbeing advantages available to those with language skills. It is helping to raise expectations, improve motivation and create sustainable links between Higher Education modern languages departments and partner secondary schools.”
Clara Seery, Managing Director, Central South Consortium
The Threlford Memorial Cup, Charted Institute of Linguists (2017)
In November 2017, the chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) and its awarding body the IoL Educational Trust (IoLET), awarded the MFL Student Mentoring Project the Threlford Memorial Cup, given for fostering the study of languages.
“CIOL is delighted to make the award of the Threlford Memorial Cup to the Student Mentoring Project, which places undergraduates from Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities in local schools as ambassadors for the study of foreign languages at GCSE level. The decline in the numbers of secondary school pupils studying languages is a matter of urgent national concern across the UK, and has been particularly acute in Wales. This Project is having a demonstrable effect on the take-up of languages in Welsh schools, as well as being beneficial to the personal development of the students involved, and is exactly the kind of initiative the award seeks to recognise."
Professor Chris Pountain, Chair IoLET Board