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A policy research project into the extent and nature of language needs in the labour market.


As a key project in the British Academy’s Language Programme, Born Global has been established to develop a deeper understanding of how language is used in the workplace for different purposes, by employees of different levels of skill and accountability. Following years of declining capability in language competence in education and recurrent reports of high levels of employer demand for language skills, Born Global will elicit new knowledge about the language needs for employment to inform government language policy development, the current national curriculum review for England and future developments in Higher Education language curricula and assessment.

Steering Group

The project will draw on the expertise of a high level Steering Group convened by the British Academy, including representatives from the CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, the Employer and Education Task Forceand Fellows of the British Academy.

The Steering Group is chaired by Richard Hardie, non-executive Chair of UBS Ltd, and the other members include:

  • Rob Wall, Head of Education and Employment, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • Nick Chambers, Director of the Education and Employers Taskforce
  • Sir Peter Job, Formerly Director of Reuters (CEO), Schroders, Royal Dutch Shell and Deutsche Bank
  • Dr. Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Professor Rosamond Mitchell, Chair in Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton 
  • Professor Sir Adam Roberts FBA, Former President of the British Academy
  • Professor Michael Worton, Former Vice-Provost (International) of University College London

To find out more, download the introductory pack

Born Global Symposium, 17 October 2014


A Symposium was held to discuss the interim findings of the Born Global reseach project. The summary of interim findings can be downloaded here, or by clicking on the image.