It is with great pleasure that the MLC blog announces the award of the David Ellams Award for Outstanding Contribution to our very own Dr Frank Brunssen. Frank has been an integral part of the department since 1991, when he came to Liverpool to take up a lectureship in German Studies. He then moved on to become Senior Lecturer, and is now an Honorary Research Fellow after his retirement in September 2016.

Frank acted as Year Abroad Director for over five years. During that time, he oversaw 500+ student year abroad experiences through initiatives involving Erasmus +, the British Council, and EU companies offering work placements. Through his work, he has ensured that languages students on their year abroad receive sensitive care and support, an intrinsic element in the year abroad experience offered by the department.

We’re delighted to see Frank recognised by the university for his commitment to improving the Year Abroad, which is such a crucial part of a degree in languages. We all wish Frank a long and happy retirement!

Frank has also been instrumental in contributing to the employability of Liverpool’s languages graduates, through the design and development of an innovative portfolio method of assessment for students abroad, the design and delivery of a hugely popular and highly acclaimed undergraduate module on EU integration, and through collaboration with the Careers and Employability Service, the Study Abroad team, and the Routes into Languages programme. Through his teaching, research and Year Abroad directorship, Frank has championed intercultural cooperation and understanding. A timely and well-deserved award for a much-appreciated colleague and friend!