Training camp and IOL 2021


This year, unlike previous years,

  • the residential event will be a training camp for the UK teams; this is a permanent change.
  • the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) will be held online; this change is just for the pandemic, so we hope to return in 2022 to an in-person competition in a foreign country.

Since our squad members (i.e. the two teams of four) will all have to be in the same place when competing online (this is required by IOL regulations), we hope to be able to hold the training camp and the online competition in the same place.

The IOL consists of two competitions: the individual competition (lasting six hours) and the team competition (lasting ‘just’ three hours). There is normally a programme of social events to fill the rest of the five days, but this may not be so this year.


Here’s the provisional programme:
  • July 19, 10:00 EET and 17:00 EET – Opening ceremony
  • July 19 – Introduction lecture
  • July 20 – Individual contest (6-hour window when all participants have to start the contest).  The exact time will be announced after a preliminary registration.
  • July 21 – Team contest (4 hour window when all participants have to start the contest) ). The exact time will be announced after a preliminary registration.
  • July 22 – Social activities, lectures
  • July 23 – Award and closing ceremony (time will be published by the end of April)


The University of Greenwich have kindly agreed to host the training camp, and once we know the dates of the competitions we hope they will be able to extend their accommodation offer.

Why a training camp?

The aim of the training camp will be to give the squad a chance to get to know each other, to practise working in teams, and to improve their skills in solving problems. But there will be time for fun as well as for hard work.

How much?

This event, like the rest of UKLO’s offerings, is entirely free to both the participants and their schools. This is possible because of generous financial support from our sponsoring organisations.


The squad consists of the following:

Aanya Goyal Alleyn’s School
Alex Robson The Judd School
Barnaby Colvin The Perse School, Cambridge
Harrison Moore The Judd School
Keira Cumming North London Collegiate School
Toby Collins The Perse School, Cambridge
Toby Weston King’s College School, Wimbledon
Xane Miles Latymer Upper School

There will also be … resident tutors: