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GCHQ celebrates language award

Last Updated: 07 Nov 2014
GCHQ wins the prestigious Threlford Memorial Cup, celebrating its work in schools to encourage the study of languages.


©Chris Christodoulou 2014

News article - 07 Nov 2014

The GCHQ Language Outreach Team was presented with the 2014 Threlford Memorial Cup by HRH Prince Michael of Kent at a ceremony in London on 6 November.

The prize is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) Educational Trust to an individual or organisation which has made a significant contribution to fostering the study of languages. 

The award was accepted by GCHQ’s Language Outreach Coordinator, who said:

"GCHQ is honoured to have been presented with this prestigious award by the CIoL Educational Trust in recognition of our work in schools to promote languages.  We are extremely grateful to our team of enthusiastic linguists who visit schools the length and breadth of the country, sharing with students their love of languages and opening their eyes to the continued demand for foreign language skills in today’s world. "

In selecting GCHQ’s team for the award, members of the Threlford Memorial Committee praised their creative approach towards promoting an interest in languages.

GCHQ has had an active schools language outreach programme since 2006.  Linguists from GCHQ visit secondary schools nationwide to talk to pupils about the personal and career benefits of studying languages and highlight the importance of languages to British businesses and government.  GCHQ linguists also deliver language tasters to pupils in languages not usually offered in schools, such as Chinese, Arabic and Russian, in the hope that they may be inspired to study a more unusual language at university.