UKALTA

UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of UKALTA is usually held during or shortly after the Language Testing Forum each year. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the AGM. Elections for committee posts are held online and only members may vote.

In 2023 the AGM took place in person during LTF on Saturday 25 November, 1800-1900. The slide presentation with officer reports can be found UKALTA AGM 2023.

The UKALTA membership voted in favour of both proposals in principle, subject to a minor wording amendment to Motion 1.

Prior to the AGM, nominations were invited for the posts of UKALTA Secretary from 2024 (3-year term) and for 2 members of the UKALTA Membership and Nominations Committee (1-year term).

Only one nomination was formally received for the Secretary position: Gemma Bellhouse (British Council) was nominated by Judith Fairbairn, seconded by Catherine Hughes. A brief profile for Gemma is shown below.

Ms Gemma Bellhouse is the Test Product Quality Assurance Manager within the Global Assessments team at the British Council. She has been working since 2015 in the quality assurance, production and management of language tests. Ms Bellhouse holds an MSc from Oxford in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition. Gemma has published research on topics of test washback, teacher training, and EDI research. Her other research interests and work experience includes language learning strategies, item writer training and corpus linguistics.

No nominations were received for the other 2 posts, but Sathena Chan and Elena Gandini kindly agreed to stay on for a second term with the full support of the Executive Committee.

As all posts were uncontested no election was required in 2023.