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

  • SML Director of UG Education (DELT)
  • Acting Deputy Director of Combined Honours (Sept 2019 - Jan 2020)
  • Degree Programme Director for Modern Languages and Business Studies (TN92) (2017-2020)
  • Director of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (DELT) (2018)
  • Director of the University Wide Language Programme (UWLP) (2013-2018)
  • Chair of the University's ePortfolio UG/PGT Management group (2013-2017) 
  • Combined Honours Subject Advisor for Modern Languages (2011-2017)
  • Chair of the Language Teaching Steering Group (LTSG) (2012-2015)
  • French Language Teaching Coordinator (2010-2014)
  • Director of the Year Abroad (2007-2011; 2012-13)
  • Year Abroad Coordinator for French (2005-2008)


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Certified UNILANG external examiner
  • Enseignant labellisé TV5 Monde

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)
  • FRE4081: Level D (HE further advanced) Advanced Writing (module leader)
  • FRE4082: Level D (HE further advanced) Language for Professional and Academic Purposes (module leader)
  • FRE4083: Level D (HE further advanced) Translation and Interpreting (module leader)
  • HSS2100/3100: Graduate Development in Second/Final Year

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.