Our work with partners

We work in collaboration with external partners to engage the public with our research in new, creative and innovative ways.

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Partnership case-study: Kweku Sackey (K.O.G)

Since 2018 our team has worked with professional musician Kweku Sackey (K.O.G) and University of Sheffield academics on four separate public engagement projects. Read more about this partnership and the projects below.

Read the case-study


Upcoming opportunities

Public Engagement Development Fund projects (ongoing)

  • Small/medium scale public engagement projects covering disciplines across the University.
  • Accept applications throughout the year (subject to remaining funds).

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022

  • Festival celebrating social science research from across the University.
  • Features 10-20 small scale projects, culminating in an event at the festival in November. 
  • Accept applications in/around June.

Migration Matters 2023

  • A Sheffield-based celebration of diversity and the contributions migrants make to our society and our city.
  • Features 5-10 small scale projects, culminating in an event at the festival which takes place around the time of the UK's Refugee Week (June).
  • Accept applications in/around March.

Pop-Up University 2023

  • Festival showcasing work of early-career researchers from across all disciplines at the University.
  • Features 20-30 small/medium scal projects, culminating in an event at the festival in September (alternate years to Festival of the Mind).
  • Accept applications in/around March.

Festival of the Mind 2024

  • Flagship public engagement festival showcasing collaborations between academics from across the University and creatives from the region.
  • Features 40-50 medium/large scale projects, culminating in an event at the festival in September (alternate years to Pop-Up University).
  • The Ideas Bazaar - a networking and match-making event for academics and creatives is held the year before the festival to support the creation of partnerships.
  • Accept applications in/around December.

Get in touch

If you're interested in partnering with an academic on a project, or would like to know more about any of the opportunities above, please email engage@sheffield.ac.uk.

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.