Great news from Swansea!

May 5, 2011

The senior management at Swansea University have announced that they do not wish to take further action on their restructuring plans for Modern Languages, which would have seen staff numbers in German halved.

AGS President Supports Butex Position Paper

April 28, 2011

The outgoing President of the AGS, Professor Frank Finlay, has signed a position paper on the year abroad which has been sent to Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts. The paper has been drawn up by the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (Butex). The full document can be read by clicking here.

New Weimar Studies Network

March 31, 2011

The Weimar Studies Network (WSN) is an international platform for researchers and academics working on the history of the Weimar Republic. It offers information on recent publications, up-coming events and on-going research projects on the politics, culture and society of the interwar years in Germany. We would like to develop this forum into a permanent platform for scholars working on any aspect of the Weimar Republic. Besides regular postings on new research, publications and conferences, it offers a place for the exchange of ideas, to present current research interests and to draw on the knowledge of colleagues from all over the world. We welcome all contributions, like call for papers, new publications or conferences, as well as specific questions or problems you might have encountered in your research and that you would like to present to the network.The Weimar Studies Network website can be found at you would like to stay updated on the WSN, please subscribe to our Facebook page ( and our Twitter feed (

Briefings from UCML

March 28, 2011

The University Council for Modern Languages has published two new briefings that will be of interests to Germanists in Higher Education in the UK. Firstly, UCML has responded to the government’s proposal for an  English Baccalaureate (click here for the document). Secondly, the Council has produced a briefing document on work and study for the year abroad, focusing particularly on the need to protect year abroad provision from high tuition fees. Click here to read the briefing.


UCML’s response to the Enquiry into the Future of Higher Education

March 21, 2011

UCML has responded to the UK government’s enquiry into the future of Higher Education. You can read the full response by clicking here..

Humanities Matter

November 19, 2010

A campaign and petition have been launched to defend the humanities in UK Higher Education. Further details can be found here:

English Language Assistantships under Threat

November 8, 2010

The British Council’s English Language Assistantship scheme, which has been running for over 100 years, has been suspended for the current year because of the government’s funding cuts. Whether the scheme will recruit next year is uncertain, but concerned AGS members and followers of this blog are urged to write to Minister Michael Gove at the Department for Education to protest:

The Independent has also covered the story:

Letters of Support for Anne Simon

November 1, 2010

Over 100 international scholars have sent letters of support for Dr Anne Simon, whose has been singled out for redunancy at the University of Bristol. The letters, which can be seen at Henrike Laehnemann’s blog  , demonstrate Dr Simon’s high standing among Medievalists both in the UK and beyond.

Medieval Studies under Threat in Bristol University’s German Department

October 29, 2010

Dr Anne Simon, an expert on the literature, art and culture of late-mediaeval Germany, is facing redundancy as part of Bristol University’s plan to scale back provision in their School of Modern Languages. A highly respected scholar and popular teacher, Dr Simon is threatened with redundancy apparently without substantial consultation.

The University’s plan also includes the following measures for other languages: French will have reduced from 14 to 9 over 5 years; Italian used to be 6 and is  now 5; Russian/Czech is 5 and HIPLA (Spanish and Portuguese) will lose one member of staff to redundancy in a process that is ongoing.

Protests can be directed to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts:
Dean of the Faculty of Arts
3/5 Woodland Road

Swansea launch on-line petition

September 15, 2010

Modern Languages at Swanseas have launced an on-line petition against the proposed staff cuts. You can sign up here: