Working in partnership with the School of English
Working in partnership
The School of English is proud to work in collaboration with a wide and diverse range of partners.
Creating research-driven opportunities
We work at local and regional levels with organisations including the Ilkley Literature Festival, the Leeds International Film Festival, SOLACE (a Leeds-based psychotherapy and advocacy refugee charity), the Leeds Library, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the Natural England's Lower Derwent Valley and Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserves, the Castle Howard Estate, the Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Peepal Tree Press and Chapel FM to deliver outstanding research-driven events and opportunities for students, staff and people living in the Yorkshire region.
Our researchers also work with local museums and hospitals, including the Prosthetics and Orthotics Unit at Seacroft Hospital on a project exploring the relationship between disability design and the use of prosthetics.
Our work with local schools ranges from exchanging expertise about the teaching of English to improving the quality of primary age pupils’ classroom talk.
Our national partnerships
Nationally we collaborate with many and varied organisations on projects that reflect the diverse range of interests and expertise amongst our researchers. Current and past examples include: using Romantic literature to enhance public understanding of environmental catastrophe and climate change with the Wordsworth Trust and The Poetry Society; a festival celebrating the work of Harold Pinter with the British Film Institute as part of a project exploring the history and legacy of Pinter’s theatrical work; and a collaboration with five UK museums including Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Worcestershire and Suffolk’s Museum of East Anglian Life to bring together a rich national inheritance of dialect and vernacular heritage.
Our international partnerships
The School of English has developed research partnerships and opportunities with many international organisations including the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, the Institute for Environmental Research and Development, Nigeria, the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects, Cape Town and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam.
Recent collaborations include: a large-scale project with Visit Greenland exploring sustainable tourism in the Arctic regions; and an ongoing partnership with a wide variety of community groups in a deprived part of Uganda exploring how theatrical methods can help foster improved intergenerational and gender relations, leading to better quality of life for local people.
Work with us
We value highly the many different collaborative relationships we have with organisations and individuals across a wide range of sectors and welcome the opportunities they bring to challenge, embrace and develop the work of our researchers, students and partners.