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Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor Gordon Cumming

Professor

School of Modern Languages

Email:
cumming@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5590
Location:
1.47, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
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My research interests focus on British, French and European foreign and development policies towards sub-Saharan Africa. They include a particular focus on policies to promote democracy and good governance as well as on the growing role of Northern Non-Governmental Organisations south of the Sahara.

I have held major administrative roles including Head of French, Chair of the Resources Committee and adviser on the Teaching Quality Assessment exercises.  I currently have the following duties:

  • Socrates representative for BA students
  • Socrates representative for incoming French students
  • Assistantships coordinator (second semester)
  • Second year translation coordinator
  • Library representative
  • French representative on Resources Committee
  • University Accreditations sub-Committee
  • University Programme Approval Panel
  • EGIPP- member of steering committee

Career profile

Having graduated in 1988 with a First Class Honours in French Language and Literature at Glasgow University, I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth as a graduate entrant.  In this capacity, I worked in Africa Research Department and was assistant desk officer in Southern African Department.  I also worked as a negotiator and rapporteur on the Economic and Financial Committee at the United Nations in New York.

I left the Foreign Office and worked in Barclays Bank as a special entrant on the Management Development Programme. I was trained primarily in risk assessment and was responsible for evaluating large corporate loans.

In 1992, I joined Cardiff University as a lecturer in French and am now a senior lecturer.  In this role, I have held a number of positions of responsibility, including Head of French, year abroad coordinator, and Chair of the Library, IT and Equipment Committee.  I am also the School representaive on the University Accreditations Sub-Committee and the teaching quality Progress Appraisal Panel.

Awards and prizes

In 2002, I secured approximately £13,000 for the School in research funding while undertaking a research management role in the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.  In this capacity, I oversaw a £1 million research budget which focused on crime prevention, security and economic development issues.

In 2003, I was awarded a grant of nearly £17,000 from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake research into French NGOs.

Professional memberships

  • Visiting fellow at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (‘Sciences-Po’) in Bordeaux
  • Leverhulme Fellowship 2003-04
  • External Examiner for French section, Kingston University
  • Active member of Boston & Portsmouth University Francophone Africa Groups
  • Regularly invited to meetings of  BISA IR, Global Development Working Group and Algeria Working Group
  • Regular liaison with Research & Analysis Department of Foreign Office and Development Assistance Committee (OECD)
  • Founding member of the Cardiff University European Governance, Identity and Public Policy (EGIPP) Research group (Cardiff University)
  • Chair of numerous conference sessions for Association of Modern and Contemporary France

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I have developed the following courses: France and Africa; Business French (which prepares students for the new Paris Chamber of Commerce examination), second year translation course (revamped with translation workshops and computer-assisted learning programmes).

I have also prepared a lecture course on French and British African policies for Bordeaux IEP (Jan-Feb 2003); developed a series of lectures on British foreign policy for Bordeaux (Jan-Feb 2005) and offered a France and Africa option on the MA in European Studies (both the IR and the European Studies’ pathways).

I have, moreover, helped to oversee the development of the LLM: a Masters degree in Law and French (Marie-Laure Jones as coordinator); Modern France: lecture and seminar course for Cardiff-Bordeaux students; and both CAN-8 and Blackboard (electronic teaching resources).  I have put all of my courses (as well as all year abroad documentation) on Blackboard.