About the Knowledge Exchange

The Knowledge Exchange aims to link together Arts and Humanities research and creative activities with local and regional partners.

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Our aim

We collaborate with partners beyond academia to co-identify outstanding problems and co-create unique solutions driven by the arts and humanities.

Every problem in contemporary life has a human dimension. Problems of global or local economies, individual or collective well-being, changing communities, and conflicting worldviews all relate to human interaction, behaviour, understanding, desire, and imagination. Arts and Humanities scholars are uniquely trained to explore, negotiate, map, and manage these extremely complex and often contradictory dimensions, and to engage with the public in clear and meaningful ways about complicated ideas.

We have extensive experience working with businesses and the private sector, and with local communities, to explore their histories, heritage, language, complexities, contradictions, diversity, and identity. We work with private and public groups in many ways: sharing and writing their stories; creating films and exhibitions about their heritage; exploring their use of language and its impact on the world around them; and discussing literature and history to shine a light on contemporary life.

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Key partners and projects

Co-constructive Humanities

Co-Constructive Humanities is a consultancy-model think tank based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield.

Kelham Island Museum

Our partnership with Kelham Island Museum is based on our expertise on place-making and heritage. We’ve partnered with them to produce a series of events, partnering academics with creative practitioners.

National Railway Museum

The Faculty are currently working on the project AR to Archive, along with digital partner Hive IT.

The Hepworth Wakefield

Our recent symposium focused on the Modern Nature exhibition at the Hepworth and discussed and highlighted the importance of green spaces in post-industrial cities. As well as academics from the University, speakers included Alys Fowler, Tristan Gooley and Zakiya McKenzie.

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Festivals and events

The Faculty contributes to city-wide and national festivals by partnering with creative and cultural organisations and individuals to plan events and exhibitions. Festivals we are currently part of include:

  • Festival of the Mind
  • Off the Shelf
  • Being Human

All these events provide a platform for our research and unique ways of engaging with the people of Sheffield.

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Support for our staff 

The Arts and Humanities Knowledge Exchange (AHKE) team work across the departments and schools in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities on a range of projects connecting our research with external partners for mutual benefit. We provide platforms for staff and students to carry out knowledge exchange, as well as individual support for grant applications, research-specific partnerships and REF impact case studies. Our work is supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

We're here to help you make the most of opportunities to work with external partners and plan for research impact, please get in touch if you want to know more at ahke@sheffield.ac.uk

AHKE staff website

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.