About us

Introducing the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)

Our main aim is to generate new insights into the working of the multilingual mind as well as new perspectives on how literacy skills can be further in monolinguals, bilinguals and multilinguals.

In carrying out state-of-the-art empirical research in Education, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Neuroscience and Psychology, researchers in CeLM aim to ensure the outcomes of the research have a positive and lasting impact on stakeholders in the public and private sectors. One of our key focus points is the interface between literacy and multilingualism. Literacy is crucially important for a person’s educational and professional career chances, but its role in multilinguals has not yet been studied in any detail.

CeLM brings together a range of world class experts in the fields of Literacy and Multilingualism. It is in an excellent position to become a leading, internationally renowned hub for research into linguistic, psychological, clinical and educational aspects of literacy and multilingualism, to which researchers as well as practitioners will turn to network with world leading researchers, be informed
about new research methods and receive training and guidance for future work. In the knowledge that the impact agenda will be crucial in the REF2020, CeLM aims to lead the way in developing research that is likely to generate not only academic impact but also societal (or economic) impact.

CeLM aims to support its researchers and PhD students in developing good practice in realising impact, for example through the website, social media etc. In order to maximize the chances of achieving significant impact, the Centre will actively engage in knowledge exchange with stakeholders in developing projects that seek to address issues important to them.


• We are keen to develop joint research projects with researchers in other universities and project partners in other institutions. We welcome initiatives to work with us.
• We will organise conferences and workshops at regular intervals.
• We will hold training events for PhD students, for example through the South East ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, which involves the universities of Kent, Surrey, Royal Holloway and Reading, but also via stand-alone summer schools.
• CeLM will also host a research seminar series with invited speakers from the UK and other countries.
• We will hold public engagement events, such as information sessions for bilingual families in local schools, under the umbrella of Bilingualism Matters, which provides a platform for outreach and public engagement activities.