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The School of English at the University of Sheffield is rightly famous for its collaborative approach to learning & the dissemination of knowledge. Our students are involved in researching, writing and publishing, all of which is powered by independent thinking and an ability to get things done. We work with our students as producers of knowledge, and our students work with the public to gain understanding, and we support students as they make a difference in the world.



ZooScope is an online encyclopaedia of animals on film. Each article includes information and analysis about the presence and meaning of animals in a film. ZooScope welcomes the submissions of articles via this website. ZooScope is a collaborative research project: students on No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Module: Animals in Film (a 3rd Year BA module designed by Dr Robert McKay at the University of Sheffield) contribute to its development by researching and writing an archive entry on a film. Students from other Universities from across the UK, Europe and North America also contribute.

Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. In terms of content and form, the wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. ZooScope looks at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film, and entries can consider: animals’ role in film genres and styles from arthouse to documentary to horror; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star- system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals.


Route 57 is the University of Sheffield’s creative writing journal. We publish innovative poetry, fiction, drama and literary non-fiction of the highest quality. Collected here is a choice selection of the most thoughtful, outrageous and beautiful writing produced in Sheffield.

All About Linguistics

Language is all around you. It can make you laugh, make you cry, convey your emotions, make things happen. You use it every day, and have been doing since you were a very young child – even before you could tie your own shoelaces. It’s an essential part of what makes us human. Using language is one of the most amazing things we do. Have you ever stopped to wonder where language came from, or even what kind of things you really know as a speaker of one or more languages? This website will help you find out more about linguistics – the scientific study of human language. You will find out how linguists – people who study language – describe and analyse it; how language is learned and used by speakers; the history of its study; and more.

Storying Sheffield

Storying Sheffield is a groundbreaking project based in the School of English in which narrative and storytelling are utilised in a variety of contexts to enhance our understandings of society, people, and culture. The project includes modules in which undergraduate students and people from the city with no family background in higher education work and study together to produce, record, and collect stories, fragments of stories, and many other diverse representations of the lives of Sheffield people, and the `life´ of Sheffield.

Storying Sheffield has many different strands, but in general it brings diverse people together to learn about and then produce stories and other creative representations of people’s lives and identities, and more broadly about the ‘life’ of this major UK city. The project has worked with many different groups of people including people who are long-term users of mental health services; people with physical disabilities; older people, some who live with dementia; primary school students; new migrants to the UK; patients in secure hospitals; and others.

For the Love of Books

For the Love of Books is a volunteering programme aimed at elderly people in residential homes in order to combat isolation. Every month, a small group of volunteers visit residential homes to read poetry to the elderly and cover a broad range of themes such as love and friendship. This is followed by a discussion of the poem and a chance for the residents to share their thoughts and feelings with the volunteers. The programme has also run one-off sessions for local charities such as The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and has provided great opportunities for both students and members of the public to share their own poetry.

Sam Meleady, BA English Literature
"I joined For the Love of Books in my second year of University as volunteering and interacting with the local community outside of student life is something that I see as important. Commitment to the project never infringed upon university work and the poetry sessions were always positive and stimulating for volunteers and residents alike. Now, in my third and final year at university, I am one of the Project Leaders for the scheme and there has been a healthy number of enthusiastic volunteers committed to the project. Next year, these project leaders will continue to uphold the positive nature of the group and volunteering in general."

Word Club

Word Club Scrap book

Word Club is a volunteering scheme targeted at Year 2 and 3 students which aims to engage children with their learning of literacy. A small group of volunteers run after-school clubs in two local primary schools which offer fun, interactive sessions for children to learn about aspects of language such as nouns and rhyme. At the end of each session, all of the work is collected and put into a scrapbook which captures the children’s understanding and creativity and its development over the school year. The volunteers also take part in monthly planning sessions where they have the opportunity to create games and materials related to the literacy topic that will be focused upon for that week.

Jodie Ng, BA English Language and Linguistics
I have volunteered with Word Club since my first year at University and for the past two years I have been given the opportunity to lead sessions. I have found that the programme really helps to develop children’s confidence within the classroom environment. We design the tasks to be flexible which means that the children have the chance to be creative and explore different ideas. Word Club has provided me with great teaching experience and has given me invaluable skills in leadership, communication and teamwork which I will go on to use in future employment.