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Language and linguistics conferences

Student-run conferences

We host three student-run conferences annually. Students organise every aspect of these, from judging and selecting abstracts, to arranging the programme and managing publicity, to inviting keynote speakers.

This tradition, going back to the 1980s, gives our students crucial skills and experience in professional research activities. It is also an opportunity to present their research in friendly surroundings, to work productively with their peers, and to enjoy a post-conference celebration at the end of the year.


The longest-running student conference, SociolinguistEssex, showcases work by students on our MA and PhD courses in sociolinguistics, as well as programme staff, and is held in June.

Essex Graduate Conference in Linguistics (EGCL)

The Essex Graduate Conference in Linguistics (EGCL), held every spring, welcomes topics from any area of theoretical or applied linguistics, including sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.


Language at the University of Essex (LangUE) is an international postgraduate conference bringing together student researchers from the UK, Europe, North America and Asia, as well as internationally renowned keynote speakers, and has published several volumes of proceedings.

Essex Language Conference for Teachers

The Essex Language Conference for Teachers is an annual one-day conference for teachers of modern foreign languages, teachers of English language and other teachers interested in language(s) in the widest sense to share ideas and be inspired about language teaching.

Our other conferences

We also regularly host other professional conferences and workshops, many sponsored by the UK Research Councils, which provide opportunities for students to hear and engage with leading figures in the field.