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In this post, Annette Götzkes, a Senior Teaching Fellow in German Studies, shares the Widening Participation outreach work being undertaken by Literatures, Languages, and Cultures students in local secondary schools… Languages are boring, posh, difficult and irrelevant. These perceptions are the main driving force for the continuous decline of modern languages in secondary schools. What […]
In this post, Dr Stuart Dunmore, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, describes his recent Go Abroad Staff experience at the Sorbonne Nouevelle in Paris, France, where he taught students about the use of Gaelic within and beyond the education system… Springtime in Paris, 2019: what a time and place […]
In this contribution to the Mini-Series on Academic Blogging, Francesca Vavotici,  a Gender and Equality PhD Intern at the Centre for Research Collections, explains how she developed a blog to document her internship, engage with a wider audience, and highlight the extensive collections archived in the University of Edinburgh… Before I was called for an interview at […]
In this post, Annette Götzkes, a Senior Teaching Fellow in German Studies, presents a new credited course, Language Beyond University, that she designed along with Dr Simon Riley…  For several years, the Department of European Languages and Cultures have been supporting first and second year university students to undertake extra-curricular activities in local Edinburgh secondary schools, offering […]
This post about the Joint Degree Project, by Chris Perkins, is a continuation of Jackie’s train of thought on best practice from late last year, so if you haven’t read that, please do…! Over the past few months, the team in the Joint Degrees Project have met with lots of people across the college, as you […]
In this post, Hannah McGurk, a second year student studying German and English Literature, showcases a student-led, research project – UncoverEd – which aims to uncover the history of University of Edinburgh alumnae from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas from the 1780s to the 1980s… UncoverEd is a collaborative and decolonising research project, funded by Edinburgh Global, which aims […]
In his last post, Chris talked about the organisational lens through which students view their experience of joint degree programmes. In this post, Jackie Barnhart, Student and Academic Services Manager in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, begins to think about the multiple refractions of ‘organisation’ which students may encounter…  Conversations about joint degree programmes across […]
As we said in our first post, the next step in our Joint Degrees Project was to look through all the data we have on joint degrees to get a better feel for what works and, perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t. Our investigations are ongoing, and we are yet to conduct our interviews with staff […]
In this post, Sakie Chiba-Mooney, a language assistant in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, contributes to the Enhancement Themes* work that the University is engaged in to close the gap between student and staff perceptions of feedback… “Hooray! This student likes my class” “Oh, God… That student hates my class” This is how I used to react to course […]
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