The London Centre for Languages and Cultures (LCLC) was set up in autumn 2013, jointly by Pembroke College Oxford and The Open University (OU). It was established to work with schools in the tri-borough of City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham to promote the study of languages. Funded for its first two years by the London Schools Excellence Fund (an initiative of the Department for Education and the Mayor of London), the LCLC continues to build on its existing work from its hub base in west London.T
The LCLC strives to foster an interest in language study at all levels of primary and secondary education and seeks to strengthen links between schools and universities in a subject area that is becoming less popular in higher education institutions. The LCLC recognises that state school pupils are significantly under-represented in university languages departments; a large part of its work is to make academic language study more accessible to students through a range of events such as study days, Easter schools, seminars and residentials.