UWE Bristol and Farnham Castle offer intercultural training programme

Issue date: 25 April 2013

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UWE Bristol and business training provider Farnham Castle have announced a partnership to promote excellence in the field of intercultural training and research.

The partnership will offer a 'train-the-trainer' course entitled 'Intercultural Training: Moving Beyond Culture' which looks at the latest developments in Intercultural Communications Theory.

This course offers both new and more experienced trainers the opportunity to develop cutting edge materials that are grounded in intercultural training and learning theories. It will provide an opportunity to undertake an optional assessment which can contribute towards UWE's MA degree award in Intercultural Communication.

The partnership was formed because significant advances made in the research field of intercultural communication have not always being adopted by training practitioners. Conversely training practitioners have a wealth of pragmatic experience that has not been taken into account in intercultural theory research.

Dr Jo Angouri, Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol and Programme Manager for the MA in Intercultural Communication, and Matthew MacLachlan, Intercultural Programme Manager at Farnham Castle have worked together for four years on several projects that have laid the foundation for this partnership.

Matthew MacLachlan said, “We are really excited to work at a new level with UWE Bristol with its reputation for excellence in research in the field of intercultural communication. We hope that this partnership will contribute to the raising of standards within the intercultural training field by acquainting trainers with cutting edge theory, and helping those new to the field with practical skills in training delivery. We believe that the practical training experience of Farnham Castle and the research expertise of UWE Bristol is a perfect match that can develop a benchmark for intercultural training delivery. Trainers who have undertaken this course will be able to inspire much greater confidence in their clients.”

Dr Jo Angouri said, “Farnham Castle has been open to adopt new approaches and lead developments in the Intercultural Training field and we can see the benefits in formalising the growing relationship. UWE Bristol strongly believes in partnerships with business organisations and is keen to bridge academic learning and the workplace. Partnering with Farnham Castle to provide a Continuous Professional Development programme reflects our stated ambition to be among the forefront of those combining the strengths of learning, research and practice in a way that promotes excellence and innovation.”

The train-the-trainer course will run at Farnham Castle, Surrey on 24-25-26 May 2013 – places can be reserved by contacting the Professional Development Courses Unit at UWE on 0117 32 81158 or emailing hls.studydays@uwe.ac.uk

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