On 15-16 August 2016, over 50 teachers, academics, and other interested members of the English community gathered at Hertford College, Oxford, for an intensive workshop focused on research-led English outreach.

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 a two-day workshop structured around a series of talks, reflective roundtable discussions, and forums.

In the coming months, the workshop delegates will be offering training for their colleagues and launching various outreach projects for school students across the UK. Keep an eye on our blog for appeals for partners for schemes, reports on outreach events, and wider reflections on English outreach. 

The Workshop Programme

Monday 15 August

10.00   Registration and coffee
10.45   Welcome address
11.00   Keynote: Prof Emma Smith (Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Oxford), ‘It was a time of change’: Historical Context and Shakespeare in the Classroom
            (Chair: Dr Eoin Price)
11.45   Roundtable: Reflections on Current English Outreach, with Dr Natasha Alden (Senior Lecturer, Aberystwyth University), Dr James Castell (Lecturer, Cardiff University), Dr Laura Varnam (College Lecturer, University of Oxford), and Michael Amess (Teacher of English, Hampstead School)
            (Chair: Angela Rodrigues)
13.00   Lunch
14.00   Panel: The New Curricula: Opportunities and Challenges, with Jane Adams (Head of Faculty English, The Barclay School), Dr Calum Mechie (Head of KS5 English, Brentford School for Girls), Dr Kate Ash-Irisarri (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester), and Ushashi Dasgupta (Doctoral Researcher, University of Oxford)
            (Chair: William McAdam)
15.00   Training Session: Dr Velda Elliott (Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education, University of Oxford), Active Pedagogies in the Sixth Form?
            (Chair: Dr Daniel Derrin)
16.00   Coffee
16.30   Talk: Dr Gary Snapper (Educational Writer and Researcher), Mind the Gap: From A-level to University English – Experiences of Transition
            (Chair: Aysha Winstanley Musa)
17.30   Break
17.45   Case Study: Dr Nicholas Cole (Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford), The ‘Hub School’ Bridging Scheme
            (Chair: Louise Powell)
18.30   Break
19.15   Networking dinner

Tuesday 16 August

09.15   Talk: Dr Lesley Paterson (Senior Facilitator and Coordinator, Public Engagement with Research, University of Oxford), Public Engagement with Research 
            (Chair: Dr Katie McGettigan)
10.00   Roundtable: Working with External Organisations, with Eibhlish Fleming (National Outreach Manager, Globe Theatre), Dr Alex Whitfield (Learning and Digital Programmes Manager, British Library), Sue Newby (Learning Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum), and Dr Eleanor Parker (columnist and blogger)
            (Chair: Dr Anna Camilleri)
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Case Study:  Dr Andrea Macrae (Senior Lecturer in Stylistics, Oxford Brookes University) and Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Assistant Professor in English Education, University of Nottingham), ‘The Definite Article’ and ‘Integrating English’
            (Chair: Lisa Casey)
12.30   Lunch
13.30   Keynote: Adrian Barlow (President of the English Association), The Community of English
            (Chair: Dr Catherine Redford)
14.15   Coffee and breakout groups: Discussion and informal reflection
15.00   Forum: What Next? (Reflections on the workshop, discussion, and a chance for delegates to identity how they’d like to move forward; this is a chance to seek partners for new projects and/or networks.)
            (Chair: Dr Catherine Redford)
16.00   Workshop closes

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