NWGN is a collaborative undertaking, driven by the good-will and enthusiasm of local teachers, lecturers, business owners, and other individuals. We are very grateful to students and ex-students of German who are willing to share their experiences: click here to read the contributions we have so far received.

Click here to find out more about how our network members and supporters went into a career using German….

Founder members include:



Rebecca Braun is Professor of Modern Languages and Creative Futures at Lancaster University. She teaches and researches 20th and 21st century German literature and culture, and has contributed to national media debates surrounding language learning and literary prizes. Follow her work on twitter @BraunBraun4 and



Margaret Littler is Professor of Contemporary German Culture at the University of Manchester. She teaches mainly 20thand 21st Century German culture, cultural theory, and literary translation. Her current research is in the field of minority culture in Germany, specifically Turkish German culture. She is Vice President of the UK Association for German Studies ( and she is a co-editor of the journal German Life and Letters. For further information see




Sally Conroy is a German teacher who has taught in 11-18 schools in Lancashire and is currently teaching A level in Cardinal Newman College in Preston.





Allyson Fiddler is Professor of German and Austrian Studies at Lancaster University. Allyson teaches German language, literature, film, history, and cultural studies more broadly. Her research is predominantly focused on Austrian culture. She is an international partner of the University of Vienna’s Elfriede Jelinek Research Platform and sits on the board of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature and Culture at the University of London’s Institute of Modern Languages Research and of the Austrian Studies Association (USA). For more information catch up with her on twitter @fiddler_a or read about Allyson’s publications and interests.



Eva Adelseck used to be a German Language Tutor and DAAD-Lektorin at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include various aspects of second language acquisition and the representation of age-related dementia in narratives. As the former local representative for the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) at Manchester, building strong bonds between Germany and the North-West of England is at the heart of her work. She now works for an international publishing company near Munich and continues to support the NWGN “vor Ort” in Germany.




Anke Bohm is DAAD-Lektorin and language tutor for German at the University of Liverpool. She teaches language for post ab-initios and post A-Level students in first and final year. Her research interests lie in phonetics and second language acquisition. She is part of EUniTa, an EU funded project which focusses on developing a platform and material for a tandem exchange between students.



Marion Heuchert is a Teaching Associate in German and DAAD-Lektorin at Lancaster University.



Sascha Stollhans is a Senior Teaching Associate in German Studies at Lancaster University, where he co-ordinates the German language modules as well as the German year abroad. He is also the School Liaison Officer in the Department of Languages and Cultures. Sascha’s academic interests include Germanic and Romance languages and linguistics (in particular German, English and French), second language acquisition as well as language teaching and learning. He tweets as @SaschaStollhans.






Former NWGN Team members:



Kate Horsley is a writer and artist. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, and her debut novel, The Monster’s Wife (Barbican Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Scottish First Book Award. She is a Visiting Lecturer and Writing Fellow at the University of Chester, and is an experienced web designer.




Lee Horsley is a retired Reader in Literature and Culture at Lancaster University. Her research work focuses on crime fiction as a vehicle for counter-cultural protest and socio-political critique, and she has worked extensively on web design and eLearning.





Sora Meyberg used to be a Teaching Associate in German and DAAD-Lektorin at Lancaster University. She had formerly taught German in South Korea and in public schools in Germany. She is interested in methods of second language teaching and learning and literature of countries that share a history of division.





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