Marion Sporing


Languages, School of Humanities

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I joined the university in 1994 and have - alongside my academic career - been an active member of Dundee University and College Union (DUCU). I coordinate personal case work for DUCU for academic and academic-related staff. In this capacity, I have come across many situations in which early intervention through mediation would have avoided a deterioration of conflict by trying to resolve the problem at a much earlier stage.

UCU Scotland and DUCU locally have got involved with EDR early on as an additional approach to resolve a range of disputes, without losing established employment conflict resolution rights such as grievances.

I trained with Catalyst Mediation in 2008 alongside Dundee colleagues - one of the best 'staff development' courses I have ever done!


  • First State Exam for Teachers (Erstes Staatsexamen in Germanistik, Russistik und Pädagogik),
    Hamburg University, 1980
  • Second State Exam for Teachers (Zweites Staatsexamen), LEA Hamburg 1982 (teaching qualification)
  • Master´s in Slavonic Studies, (Magister artium) , Hamburg University, 1983

Membership of professional bodies

  • MCIL (Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

Career history

  • 2004 to date: Senior Lecturer in Languages & European Studies
  • 1994-2004: Lecturer in Language Studies in Continuing Education, then in CALS
  • 1991-1994: Lecturer in German at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  • 1989-1991: Teacher at Monkwearmouth School, Sunderland (member of GTC)
  • 1988-1989: Lecturer at Wilmorton FE College, Derby
  • 1986-1988: teacher /lecturer at New College, Durham, Longbenton Community High School, Newcastle and WEA
  • 1984-1986: Lector in German at University of Newcastle (DAAD/ German Academic Exchange Service
  • 1983-1984: part time lecturer Hamburg University and Bochum Lehrinstitut für Russische Sprache
  • 1982-1983: research assistant Hamburg University, Slavonic Studies
  • 1980-1982: student teacher in German and Russian at grammar schools in Hamburg


  • German language and culture (years 3 and 4)
  • Challenges in Contemporary Europe (year 2)
  • International Education (postgraduate)


  • Co-ordinator German
  • Convenor European Studies

Other roles

  • Mediator (University Early Dispute Resolution panel)
  • Dundee UCU Vice President


  • International education
  • Intercultural awareness in language teaching and learning
  • Post war German and Russian literature
  • Benchmarking in languages and related studies
  • Blended learning approaches in language teaching and learning
  • Language teacher training and staff development
  • European language policy
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