University forges new links with Rotherham school

The University of Sheffield's Department of English is launching a new partnership with Brinsworth School in Rotherham this week, to encourage more students to consider going into higher education, and to give them an insight into studying English at degree level. The new partnership is being kicked-off this Friday, 11 March, when nine lecturers from the University will visit the school to deliver special seminar classes to sixth formers.

The new partnership has been developed by the University of Sheffield's departments of English Language and English Literature, together with the Villiers Park Educational Trust - a national organisation which aims to foster inspirational teaching and learning for 14 - 19 year olds in the UK.

The launch event on Friday 11 March will see lecturers delivering special seminars to AS and A level students on subjects including approaches to Shakespeare, editorial writing and war writing. The seminars are intended to give sixth form students a taste of university-level teaching, and to encourage students to consider higher education.

Dr Brendan Stone, lecturer in the University of Sheffield's Department of English, and co-ordinator of the new partnership project with Brinsworth School explains, "We hope that these seminars will be the start of an ongoing partnership with Brinsworth school, which will encourage more young people from the Rotherham area to continue their education post-18.

"As a university lecturer it is incredibly important for me to get out into schools in the South Yorkshire community and to find out more about how young people are being taught at A level. As a lecturer, I hope to learn a great deal from the teachers at Brinsworth School and hope that their students will be inspired to study English at a higher level when they leave school."

Notes for Editors: For more information, please contact Danielle Reeves in the University of Sheffield's press office on 0114 222 5339.