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About ULAB

In January 2011, Edinburgh University’s Linguistics and English Language Society wanted to develop links with linguistics students in other universities. They searched for a national undergraduate linguistics group but soon realised that none existed: this led to the creation of ULAB. We are a student-run autonomous collective, and are entirely staffed by volunteers. ULAB is the only society set up for undergraduate linguistic students that is not tied to another professional organisation or university.


  • To provide a forum for linguistics discussion among undergraduates in Britain;
  • To hold annual conferences for linguistics students to present their work and showcase undergraduate research in language sciences;
  • To help provide a network and central hub for university societies;
  • To bridge the gap between national student interests and universities and professional organisations.



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Partner societies

  • LAGB

    The Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) is the leading professional association for academic linguists in Great Britain, and welcomes new members. Its scope includes all branches of linguistics – formal or functional, theoretical or descriptive, synchronic or diachronic, social or psychological (or neither), concerned with one language or many. Its members individually favour a wide range of different theories of language structure, and all theoretical persuasions are welcome.
  • Cambridge University Linguistic Society

    The Society aims to bring together members of the university with an interest in language. We meet every other week during term time, attracting speakers from a variety of departments and institutions both inside and outside Cambridge. For a list of past talks, please visit our archive at
  • Aberdeen University Linguistics Society

    AULS is Aberdeen's undergraduate linguistics society. Since 2013, we have gathered all kinds of language lovers for linguistics-related events that range from academic talks with experts to chill pub socials and movie nights. We are here to support linguistics students as well as promote discussion on language-related topics across all disciplines.
  • UCL Linguistics Society

    UCL LingSoc - home for all registered linguist llamas on BA Linguistics or BSc Experimental Linguistics (including year abroad programmes).
  • York St John Linguistics Society

    York St John Linguistics Society is committed to providing opportunities for English Language & Linguistics students to to meet with all academic years beyond timetabled lectures and get more out of their university experience. The society meets regularly for socials as well as hosts a fortnightly guest lecture series in which experts in their fields come to deliver a talk on their research, followed by pizza at a local restaurant!