reports

Annual reports to UKLO’s supporters

  • 2021
    • report
      • Summary: This was a difficult year for UKLO because of the pandemic, but although numbers were low, the competition did go ahead at all levels, from Round 1 to the International Linguistics Olympiad – unlike last year, when the IOL was called off. As anticipated in last year’s report, we changed the annual pattern to include a lot more competitors in Round 2, and to a residential event (hosted by the University of Greenwich) just for the IOL squad. We continue to depend heavily on the portal, and are still waiting and hoping for a manager to carry out serious developmental work (for which we will pay). Our finances are still healthy because we have had to spend less than normal on the IOL, so we have not asked any of our sponsors for financial support this year, nor received any. However, we have spent nearly £6,000, with only a little over £1,000 of income. Since we are trying to build our reserves for the next long-haul competition, possibly in 2023, we look forward to contributions for 2021-22.
    • Accounts
      • Note: in these accounts, most transactions fell within the UKLO financial year starting 1 September, but most donations from sponsors are out of step because they are linked to the UKLO report published at the end of the UKLO year. This discrepancy can be removed by closing payments for 2020-21, and counting all payments after 1 September 2021 as contributions for the 2021-22 year.
  •  2020
    • report
      • Summary:  The number of entries for Round 1 this year has been somewhat disappointing, but this may have been because of Covid-19. Round 2 had to be run online, and the International Linguistics Olympiad was cancelled. In an attempt to support competitors from state schools, we’re planning to open Round 2 to a much larger number (about 80 instead of the current 16) and to provide ongoing individual online training. The residential event will be moved from March to July, and will be a training camp just for the UK squad. Other matters: the portal manager is fixing a number of flaws that have caused frustration or malfunction since it was created in 2016; Alex Bellos is writing a book full of olympiad-style problems; and our balance is growing slowly so we hope to be able to afford the next expensive international event.
    • accounts
  •  2019
  •  2018
  •  2017
  • 2016