We are committed to sharing the relevance of our research beyond the academic community through our flagship Engagement Platforms.
Bringing together academics, students and the local community, our events enable a two-way flow of exciting new ideas relating to the full range of our research and teaching.
This cross-School, interdisciplinary project brings into sharp focus the gendered nature of our world and encourages us to intervene in contemporary debates. Assuming Gender comprises a journal, seminar series, annual lecture and conference events.
A book group with a difference! This popular forum sparks a lively exchange between a community audience and academics who offer thought-provoking perspectives on chosen texts.
The full range of contemporary poetry practice is on show in this innovative reading series, which showcases both established and emerging poets in a relaxed space in the city centre.
In the form of attractively themed and excitingly presented talks, seminars, debates, screenings and excursions involving undergraduates and postgraduates, CRECS stimulates lively discussion – and emphasises the continuing relevance – of eighteenth-century and Romantic-period culture.
Visiting creative writers
Distinguished writers, fresh from delivering masterclasses to the School’s MA Creative Writing students, read from their work in a creative atmosphere in the city centre in this illuminating series. These inspiring sessions provide opportunities to hear major writers read and discuss their work.
Other engagement projects: support for schools
Literacy support for teachers
We offer training and continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers with the aim of improving the teaching of grammar and writing. Focusing on context in language use, our events develop teachers’ confidence in dealing with how language works.
A-level philosophy support
To assist A-level and AS-level students in Philosophy, we continue to produce a variety of teaching materials. Our tried and tested Schools booklet on Nietzsche’s Critique of Morality includes essays designed to provoke critical thinking and enhance understanding of this major philosophical figure. We also host an annual conference to help students and teachers gain illuminating new perspectives on curriculum topics.