Sheffield, Safe friendly city

The School of English at the University of Sheffield is rightly famous its research community committed to the wide dissemination of its research and which engages with the wider community in academia and beyond. 

Living with Stroke

The project is an interdisciplinary cross-faculty collaboration with Theatre studies, Neuroscience, Organisational informatics, Law and stroke survivors experts.

The aim of the project is to explore the experiences of living with stroke by combining methods of Narrative inquiry and Forum Theatre.

Living with Stroke website

MA Work Placement

MA students in the School of English enjoy the opportunity to undertake an integrated work placement as part of their MA degree programme. Students undertake 100 hours of work with a partner organisation in Yorkshire or Derbyshire, and they are assessed on coursework that responds to this experience.

The Engaged Curriculum

The ‘Engaged Curriculum’: Partnership and Engagement in Learning
The University of Sheffield defines the engaged curriculum as combining academic rigour and disciplinary knowledge with opportunities for students to learn with and from external partners, ‘real-world’ challenges, and experiences outside the University. The engaged curriculum has as its focus engaging with, learning from, and addressing issues of public concern; these issues may be local, regional, national, or international in nature.

Engaged Curriculum website

The Barry Hines Project

The Barry Hines project explores the literary, film and television work of the Barnsley born writer Barry Hines. Led by David Forrest and Sue Vice, the project has engaged school and community groups in the explorations of Hines’s archive, held in the university’s own special collections, and has seen a number of our students undertake research projects on a range of areas related to Hines’s work.

Barry Hines Project website

Sheffield: Print, Protest and Poetry, 1790-1810

‘Sheffield: Print, Protest and Poetry, 1790-1810’ is a Cultural Engagement project based in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is directed by Dr Hamish Mathison and researched and curated by Dr Adam James Smith.

Print, Protest and Poetry website

Enter the Theatre

Enter the Theatre is a series of documented interviews with leading theatre professionals, conducted by staff in Sheffield University's Theatre Workshop. In these conversations, interviewees are invited to talk about their career development and current practice but also specifically to reflect on how they got started in professional arts practice and offer advice, where they can, to students today.

Enter the Theatre website


In Yorkshire there’s something rather special happened. Behind the everyday façade of our beautiful, artisan shop, through the secret door amongst the broomsticks and goblin mucus, there is now a whole other world. First you will go through the imagination gym – a place where you can use the creativity catcher or the thought un-blocker to unleash the potential of your magnificent gift of imagination*. Once you have recaptured your imagination you can enter our extraordinary story place, which champions the writer in every child.

We believe in taking fun seriously and unleashing the power of young people’s extraordinary imaginations, building their confidence, self-respect and enhancing their ability to communicate and aspire. Here, young people can enjoy free activities, all aimed at encouraging and inspiring children and young people to write, whilst receiving one to one support and mentoring from a trained volunteer.

GRIMM & Co website

Material Stories of Migration

Material Stories of Migration began in 2015 as a series of multimedia workshops that used poetry, painting, music and film to explore journeys to Sheffield and the relationships that asylum seekers and refugees have woven with the city. Participants and undergraduate students worked collaboratively with artists from Arts on the Run, a network that promotes cultural diversity in the arts. The workshops developed creative approaches to displacement and cultural difference as participants created pieces inspired by objects (real or imagined) that had resonance for them, either as reminders of home or markers of their arrival in and familiarity with Sheffield. These were exhibited in at the University July 2015 along with a short film made by the students. The exhibition also migrated to Conversation Club for an afternoon and we will be including some of the artwork that asylum seekers make there each Friday in our archive.

Material Stories of Migration website