School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Franck Michel

Senior Lecturer



  • BA(hons) Modern Languages and political studies, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne (1995);
  • Maîtrise de Langues Etrangères Appliquées, Université de Bourgogne, France (1996);
  • Mlitt in French studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1999);
  • PG Cert. in Academic Practice, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2003);
  • PhD in French Studies, Newcastle University (2008). Title of thesis: 'Image, Style, Discourse and Presidential Leadership in France: The Case of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1974-1981)'

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Degree Programme Director for Modern Languages and Business Studies (TN92)
  • Director of the University Wide Language Programme (UWLP)
  • Chair of the University's ePortfolio UG/PGT Management group
  • Combined Honours Subject Advisor for Modern Languages
  • Chair of the Language Teaching Steering Group (LTSG) (2012-2015)
  • Year Abroad Coordinator for French (2005-2008)
  • Director of the Year Abroad (2007-2011)
  • French Language Teaching Coordinator (2010-2014)
  • Acting Director of the Year Abroad (2012-2013)


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Honours and Awards

Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award 2010 (Newcastle University)

UTLSEC Innovation Fund Award 2012 (Newcastle University)

Teaching Excellence Award 2013 for "Contribution to Outstanding Feedback" (Newcastle University)


Undergraduate Teaching

- FRE1006: La France de 1789 à nos jours (module leader)

- FRE1071: Level B French General language

- FRE4061: Level D French Writing skills and liaison Interpreting (module leader)

Postgraduate Teaching

- SML 8014: Consecutive Interpreting (French) 


Research Interests

- French history and politics; media, elections and political communication in France.

- Autonomous language learning;  the role of ePortfolios in the Personal and Academic Development of students abroad.