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Jocelyn Wyburd



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


Jocelyn Wyburd joined the Language Centre as Director in July 2011 following 12 years in a similar role at the University of Manchester. At Manchester she had also held the roles of Director of External Relations and, subsequently, Director of Language Teaching and Learning for the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures. She has particularly focussed on developing 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 also 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. She led the University of Manchester activity in this area on behalf of her School, as a key member of the Routes North West Regional Consortium and as Director of the North West Regional Centre for the Links into Languages programme of professional development for language teachers. At Cambridge, she is ensuring the Language Centre continues its longstanding commitment to these agendas, through membership of the Routes East of England consortium and the organisation of widening participation activities related to languages in association with the Faculties of MML and AMES.

Nationally, Jocelyn has been elected Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) from 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.