Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Teaching excellence

We believe that the best learning experiences happen when all of us are actively engaged in working together.

In the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), we see the relationship between students and staff as one of partnership. For us, this means students working alongside staff in the classroom, in the world-leading research that underpins our teaching, in the development of learning and teaching policy, and ultimately in building and maintaining a thriving academic community.

To help facilitate this partnership, our School has developed a Student-Staff Charter, which sets out the basic principles that govern our relationship with our students and acts as the foundation for the LLC learning experience. Our aim is to foster independent learning, personal development and, ultimately, an inspiring learning and teaching environment and transformational student experience.

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Eleoma receiving her teaching award
Dr Eleoma Bodammer (centre) receiving her award for Best Assessment Feedback in the Students' Association Teaching Awards 2018

The teachers you’ll meet at LLC are also highly research-active, passing on the same passion and world-class expertise that gained us excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

You’ll see many of them giving public lectures, talks and workshops throughout the year, particularly during the Edinburgh summer festivals, publishing articles and books, and commenting or being interviewed in the media.

Many of our highly-skilled language teaching staff are native speakers, with lived experience of the cultures we teach in the classroom and which our languages students enjoy on the year aboard.

We have an excellent track record in the Students’ Association Teaching Awards, the University’s annual celebration of excellence in teaching, research supervision, tutoring and support, nominated and judged by current students.

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To achieve our partnership goals, we rely on an active, empowered student body and a sound system of student representation.

Student input is an important factor in all our quality control procedures, and there are a number of ways in which you, as a student, can make your voice heard and help us further improve the quality of our courses and services. Please do consider helping us through questionnaires, participation in staff-student liaison committees, and representation on School committees, such as our Board of Studies and Quality Assurance committee.

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Teaching Matters

We are proud to work with the University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD). Read our contributions to IAD’s Teaching Matters website and blog.

Thriving in Scotland’s culture - Professor of Gaelic honoured for contribution to Public Life

Wilson McLeod talks about his Saltire Society honour, one of six Fletcher of Saltoun Awards given to Scotland’s leading figures in 2020.

Translation Challenge win - following the language to perfection

We hear from Dr Eleoma Bodammer, Reader in German Studies, about her prize-winning translation of Zafer Şenocak’s short poems.

Inspiring LLC staff shortlisted for Colleague Recognition Awards

We chat to Nadin Akta, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Fiona Carmichael and Christine Lennie about being nominated by their peers for their contribution to our community.

Jane McKie wins the Ian Campbell Award for Teaching in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

She reflects on what the award means, particularly during a time of crisis, and on our very special community of Creative Writing students.

Innovators in Education award for Edinburgh-Shanghai creative partnership

Our Chair of Chinese Studies, Professor Natascha Gentz, received the award at the annual China-Britain Business Council Burns Supper.

Related links

The Institute for Academic Development