Picture of a Sheffield busGraduate’s Dissertation Project Has an Impact in the City of Sheffield

A recent Politics graduate is seeing her dissertation on racial divides in Sheffield having a big impact in the city just a few months after graduation.

Cheyanna O’Connor, who studied BA History and Politics and graduated this summer, is involved in the ‘Fairness on the 83’ project at Festival of the Mind 2014 and recently had an article about the social divides along a popular bus route in Sheffield published in Now Then magazine. This comes as a result of Cheyanna’s dissertation project, which was titled ‘Sheffield: The Racially Divided City’.

Cheyanna said: “I originally read an article in Now Then magazine in April 2013 on the Fairness Commission, which stuck with me when it came to thinking about dissertation ideas. I was also aware of the Fairness Commission because of my work for the Living Wage campaign at Sheffield University. I was an active member of the campaign group and was responsible for research.

“I thought it only made sense to write for Now Then, considering that was partly where my inspiration came from. I will be helping them out on the vintage bus they are using at the Festival of the Mind for the Fairness on the 83 bus.”

Since graduation this summer, Cheyanna has begun a graduate job placement at Groundwork South Yorkshire as a Business Development Officer, a role which she gained through the RISE graduate scheme. Cheyanna is responsible for writing funding applications and new project proposals for Groundwork, a national environmental charity with a branch based in Sheffield, which aims to reduce inequality within the city by providing jobs, training and support to residents of deprived areas and by improving public green spaces.

Cheyanna added: “Now I am in the workplace, I really see how the course has helped to prepare me for employment, i.e. research, analysis, presentations, team work, and working to deadlines. The support I received from teaching staff and my dissertation tutor, Andrew Taylor, was of a particularly high level and will be a memorable factor of my time as a student in the Department of Politics.”