We are delighted to announce that in the most recent awards of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a fellowship was conferred on our  BAAL nominee John Knagg OBE, Senior Advisor, English and Exams, British Council.  Many BAAL members will know of John’s positive influence on the policies and practices of the British Council globally in socially relevant areas, through schemes for supporting academic research on English Language Teaching (ELT). His work, and his dissemination of applied linguistics work to audiences around the world, has led to a step change in the level of engagement of the BC and its practitioner community with researchers and social scientists.

 The AcSS fellowship is in recognition of John’s “pioneering engagement work between the British Council and the social science academic community”.

 Two other members of the applied linguistics/languages community also received fellowships in the latest round:

  • Alison Phipps OBE, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Tess Fitzpatrick, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Swansea University.

 It is very pleasing to see our discipline recognised in this way, and we send our congratulations to all concerned.  For more information about the Academy, go to https://www.acss.org.uk/

Dawn Knight, Secretary, BAAL