Annette Gotzkes (Principal´s Teaching Award)

Lecturer in German Studies, Head of German Studies

Responsibilities & affiliations




 Year Abroad Coordinator for German


Course Organiser  German 1A

Course Organiser  Languages Beyond University




2021  nomination for six EUSA  Student Awards (Best Tutor of the Year, Best Support Staff,  and Best Personal Tutor of the Year)

             nomination for CAHSS Recognition Award

2018   nomination for EUSA Teaching Award: Best overall teacher

2017   nomination for EUSA Teaching Award: Best overall teacher

2015   student nomination for Best Teacher

2014   nomination for EUSA Teaching Awards

2012   Principal´s Teaching Award for project: German in the Workplace: Boosting

           Employability and Language Skills


Education:  Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

                         Sorbonne, Paris

                          l’Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès

Undergraduate teaching

Undergraduate teaching

  • German as a foreign language: German to English translation and literary translation Précis writing (English texts into German)
  • German essay writing
  • Creative writing in German
  • German grammar from Beginners to Final Year
  • Supervision and examination of final year dissertations on a range of topics related to German Politics, Culture and History


Research summary

Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache: language acquisiton and didactics

Post-reunification literature with particular reference to Ingo Schulze (Simples Stories and Handy -Dreizehn Geschichten in Alter Manier

Comparative study of literary translations of utopian  fiction (dissertation on early Swift translations)

 Fin-de-siècle literature in Europe (Thomas Mann, Huysmanns, Wilde).

Etymology ( publication for the  Anuario Galego de Filoloxía, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela


Knowledge exchange

Together with the Goethe Institute in Glasgow, the German Consulate and other German organisations in Scotland Annette coordinates and promotes cultural events from the German-speaking countries.

Project activity

Outreach and Widening Participation Projects

Outreach work with Primary and Secondary Schools in Edinburgh and Midlothian in close cooperation with :

  • German Consulate General, Edinburgh
  • Goethe Institute, Glasgow
  • City of  Edinburgh Council
  • Scotland´s National Centre for Languages (SCILT)
  • University Council of Modern Languages (UCML)
  • Careers Service LLC, Edinburgh University

Employability and Language Skills (Principal´s Teaching Award 2013)

Ongoing project for 1B students who team up with native German speakers working in Edinburgh to give them the opportunity to enhance their spoken and written German in a natural, realistic context. As well as increasing their linguistic skills it  enhances  cultural awareness and boosts important graduate skill, sich as communication, flexibility, problem-solving and team work.

Some of our interview partners have participated for seven years . In some cases the interview project led to  a work placement, providing the  students with valuable work experience.