Cambridge University Department of German and Dutch hosted its third undergraduate conference today, to brilliant success. To see undergraduates from other universities come to Gonville and Gaius college, and make thoroughly-prepared and well-argued presentations with the right blend of intellectual confidence and modesty was an inspiring experience, and an example of the best that British education can do. Add, as keynote speaker, Dr Huburtus Knabe, director of the memorial established in Berlin's former Stasi prison (supported by the Schröder fund, and off next to speak in Cambodia) and there was something for all of us to learn from, however long in the tooth. Gladly lerne, gladly teche, as someone once said. Participants included PGCE students, sixth form teachers from across the country, and students from Cambridge and other universities, including a Professor of German from Italy. At £10, including an excellent lunch and refreshments, this was a bargain as well as an intellectual and social treat. Anyone who can attend next year's conference, or, better still, ensure that students do so, will do German studies in the UK a very good turn indeed.