Historians launch partnership to contribute to policy-making

The University of Sheffield is joining a new partnership to help its historians be at the heart of policy-making in the UK.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield's Department of HistoryLaunching in 2017, the partnership will see researchers from the University’s Department of History develop close ties with History & Policy, an organisation that connects high quality historical research with policy makers and journalists. The initiative will also include researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Leeds.

Sheffield’s Department of History is one of the largest, most active centres for teaching and historical research in the UK. Its historians are international leaders in their fields who contribute to public as well as academic debates, regularly appearing in and providing advice to the media.

Historians at Sheffield also work with peers from all over the world across a variety of disciplines. Their areas of expertise range from health, body and society to democracy, the economy and law.

Recently, historians at the University have revealed new insights into the rise of women in politics across Europe, uncovered new evidence of the people who shaped modern Britain and shared new perspectives on the lives of Muslim women to challenge often misunderstood stereotypes.

Dr Adrian Bingham, Reader of History at the University of Sheffield, said: “Many historians at Sheffield are keen to influence public debates about policy, and have plenty of interesting perspectives to offer. This exciting partnership will give us new opportunities to demonstrate the value of history in thinking about the present.”

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The University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2016 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


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Sean Barton
Media Relations Assistant
University of Sheffield
0114 222 9852