German under threat at the University of Dundee

The AGS urges Dundee not to suspend its successful German programme as part of Applied Languages.

Calling for a New Deal for Higher Education in the UK

The AGS, along with 47 other professional associations, is a signatory to the following letter calling for a New Deal in Higher Education, given the global pandemic and its effects on British universities:

Congratulations to Martin Durrell, recognised for lifetime achievement!

The AGS cES1tJbtXsAAxoPXongratulates our colleague Martin Durrell, who on 11th March 2020 was awarded the prize of the Director of the Leibniz-Institut Deutsche Sprache for his “Lebenswerk in der internationalen germanistischen Linguistik”.  A great honour, richly deserved! Many of us will know Martin through his grammar books, as a colleague, and as an authoritative linguist. Martin was unable to travel to receive the prize in person, but our PGR representative Louis Cotgrove, who was present at the IDS annual conference, was able to receive the award in his name.


Reports for the 2019 Business Meeting, Bristol, 5 September, 2019

Arts and Humanities Alliance warns of dangers of “No Deal” Brexit

Read the full statement


REF consultation

The AGS responds to consultations by a variety of bodies responsible for research within UK Higher Education and beyond. At our 2018 conference, Professor Charles Forsdick, sub-panel chair for Modern Languages in the forthcoming REF, presented on the open consultation:

. The AGS will submit a response to the REF consultation. Members’ views are welcome!

Advising Ofqual

The AGS, together with other representative organisations of languages in British Higher Education, is advising Ofqual on the marking of GCSE and A Levels. Read our latest submission here.

ECR Working Group

A report – and more specifically, a Code of Good Practice on temporary contracts – has been put together by a working group of early-career researchers (and teachers!) within the AGS, which colleagues are asked to note.

AGS Conference Report 2017

You can read about our eightieth conference, this year at the University of Warwick, here.

Video reviews of German books

Calling all lovers of German literature! @JudithVonberg is curating a “German month” in December on the European Literature Network website. As part of this, she’s inviting people to make short video reviews (around 30 seconds) of their favourite German book.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the original or a translation, as long as you have a copy of the book to wave in front of the camera. It can be a novel, a short story collection, a volume of poetry or a play – as long as it’s fiction. Please include the title (ideally in English and in German), the author, what it’s about and why you love it.

The video file will be too big to send in an email, so please send your contributions to Judith using WeTransfer. Direct message her on Twitter further details, or email the AGS Publicity Officer.

Letter on Membership Fees: November 2016

In response to a changing climate for our discipline and in Higher Education in Great Britain and Ireland generally, the membership of the AGS collectively voted to modestly increase annual subscriptions for the coming year. This will help us improve our reach as an organisation. You can read the letter from our Treasurer and Secretary, outlining our position and the new subscription rates, here.

AGS 2016 – Programme Available and Registration Open!

Our next conference will take place from Wednesday 31st August – Friday 2nd September 2016 at the University of Newcastle. The lead panel will be on the theme Trauma Narratives. Our regular panels will also be running, as well as a number of one-off panels. Full details of the programme and registration details can be downloaded here: AGS 2016 Programme and Registration

Please return the completed registration form to and transfer the sum to the relevant AGS account as detailed on the form. The deadline for receipt of registration forms and full payment is MONDAY, 20 June 2016.

AGS 2015 Conference Report

LimerickOver a 100 delegates from Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Portugal amongst others attended the 78th annual AGS Conference, hosted by the Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, from Wednesday 2 September to Friday 4 September 2015. See