Ute Keller-Jenkins has been presented with the University’s highest award for excellence in learning and teaching on three separate occasions – an award based on feedback from her students. Subsequently, she became the first member of staff at the University to hold the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award.
Having graduated with a first-class degree in Business Studies, German Studies and Educational Science (Wirtschaftspädagogik) from Mannheim University, Ute joined Swansea University’s Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting in October 1992 as Fachlektorin, initially mainly offering business language courses to students in all years of study.
During her time at Swansea, she has increasingly been involved in the design and delivery of Translation and German Language core modules, and she enjoys teaching them to learners at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
In her capacity as Study Abroad Co-ordinator (German), she has been administering the Year Abroad for students completing intercalary placements in German-speaking countries.
Many of her students have gone on to successful careers in prestigious jobs including, for example, working in the German Bundestag, Burberry’s, and Bloomberg, allowing them to make effective use of their foreign language skills.