Mr Robert Evans MA

Department of Modern Languages
Lecturer in German Studies

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I teach German, both modern and medieval, at all levels, as well as giving students a rare opportunity to discover and enjoy the oldest of all the Germanic languages, Gothic.


I graduated from Cambridge University in Modern and Medieval Languages in 1987 and, after a period of postgraduate study, I worked as a schoolteacher of German and French for two years before returning to Cambridge as an Associate Lecturer in German in 1992. I joined the German Department at Birmingham in September 1993.


German language at all levels. The History of the German Language; Old High German Language and Literature; Comparative Germanic Philology.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised postgraduate students in the areas of the Gothic Language, the Old High German Hildebrandslied and the Old High German Ludwigslied.


Interests include: the historical linguistics of German and of the Germanic languages in general; aspects of comparative Indo-European philology; the literature of the Old High German period (c. 750-1100 AD). Has published on the relationship between the Germanic and Celtic languages in pre-literary times and the Old High German Hildebrandslied.

Other activities

I am currently the Senior Admissions Tutor for the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, as well as being the Admissions Tutor for all of Birmingham’s combined Modern Languages degrees.


  • The Challenge of German Culture (essays presented to Wilfried van der Will), edited by Michael Butler and Robert Evans, Palgrave (2000).
  • ‘Hadubrand’s ‘’Frageversäumnis’’ in the Hildebrandslied’ in The Challenge of German Culture, Palgrave (2000).
  • ‘Old High German fiuhta’ in Studia Celtica, XXXII (1998), pp. 271-276.