About the Project

'Academics in the Classroom' is an English outreach project funded by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards and led by Dr Catherine Redford (Hertford College, Oxford).

The project was launched with a two-day workshop that took place at Hertford College, Oxford on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 August 2016.

This event provided training, networking, and a space for discussion and reflection for teachers and early career researchers interested in how universities can deliver research-led English language and literature outreach work. ECRs and current teachers of Key Stage 4 and 5 English worked collaboratively at an intensive two-day workshop structured around a series of talks, reflective roundtable discussions, and forums.

Topics covered included the successes and limitations of current outreach work; the new GCSE and A level curricula; pedagogical best practice in schools and universities; bridging the gap between school and university; public engagement and impact; working with external organisations; digital outreach; and the future of outreach work in English.

Adrian Barlow, President of the English Association, and Prof Emma Smith, University of Oxford, were the workshop's keynote speakers. 

This website aims to open out some of the discussions that our delegates had over the course of the workshop and to keep these conversations going. Our blog will be updated regularly with reflections coming out of the workshop from delegates, the promotion of new projects, reports of recent outreach initiatives, and calls for partners for future schemes. We welcome blog posts from members of the wider English community (teachers, academics, and other interested parties) on any aspect of English outreach; please contact catherine.redford@hertford.ox.ac.uk if you're interested in submitting a post. 

On this website, you can also find links to video recordings of the workshop's various sessions and access a bank of digital resources and useful articles. The website is designed to enable those interested in English outreach to pool their knowledge and make contact with other interested parties, so please do get in touch with details of any projects or resources that you have found useful or would like to promote.

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