UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment

Links and partnerships

UKALTA has established links with a number of related associations and organisations with an interest in language education and assessment. This enables UKALTA membership to keep up-to-date and informed in matters that concern language testers, as well as the wider community of researchers, educationalists and policy makers working in closely related areas.  A list of such organisation is included below, with some further information about the alliance. 


Shared interests and activities 

Links and contacts 


Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its charitable purpose is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for public benefit.

UKALTA is a member of the AcSS, alongside 46 other learned societies. 

UKALTA’s founding president Professor Barry O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), alongside UKALTA members Professor Tess Fitzpatrick and Professor Constant Leung. This is an award granted to leading academics, policy-makers, and practitioners of the social sciences.











British Association of Applied Linguistics Testing Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group 

The BAAL TEASIG has a shared interest in language testing, meaning that many members of this interest group are also UKALTA affiliates. BAAL TEASIG’s Dr Mark Griffiths spoke in the organised panel at LTF 2020 on the issues our associations face as a result of the global pandemic.











Northern Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 

The Northern Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a charitable organisation which works to meet the continuing professional development needs of a wide variety of English Language teachers, including those teaching ESOL, EAP and EAL.




The University Council for Modern Languages (UCML) represents the views and opinions of scholars and professionals in modern languages and cognate disciplines. It collects and disseminates information about the state of study, research and teaching of modern languages and cognate and provides a forum for debate on issues of concern to its members.

In 2020, UCML president, Professor Claire Gorrara, and colleague Dr James Illingworth presented the LTF opening plenary on the topic The picture for languages in the UK in 2020: the view from UCML.