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Public Engagement

My commitment to delivering the highest quality of teaching is evidenced by the funding I have managed to secure for various modules and teaching projects. All of these projects provided the opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the medieval world and its relationship to their other academic modules, creating a coherent and comprehensive experience. My continued involvement in research-based public engagement projects is testament to my commitment to the principles of public engagement and ability to involve, support and inspire the public in academic research.

Public engagement event

The Old English and Public Engagement students being interviewed for BBC Radio Sheffield (May 2012).

Funded projects

  • HLF-funded project ‘Portals to the Past’, working in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Youth Service (November 2012-July 2013. See a video about the project on YouTube)
  • Roberts-funded collaboration between the Schools of Archaeology and English at the University of Sheffield, in which I worked on the design of a booklet and series of public lectures for the Manor Lodge Nineteenth-century Miners project (Spring 2012)
  • Developer of Roberts-funded narrative workshops for PGR students that ran as part of the University of Sheffield’s Doctoral Development Programme module ‘Practical Public Engagement’. These workshops trained PGR students and early career academics in how to use storytelling to communicate and disseminate their research (Spring 2012)
  • Roberts-funded collaboration between the Schools of Archaeology and English at the University of Sheffield, in which I worked on the design of a banner (entitled ‘ “All sorts of wickedness”: The Role of Children in The Anti-Slavery and Temperance Movements in Manor Lodge’) for the Department of Archaeology’s Manor Lodge Exhibition (November-February 2012)

Training

  • National Centre for Coordinating Public Engagement Public Engagement Ambassador Programme (2011-current)

Digital media

  • Illuminating York: Triquetra (performing Old English for a new projection and soundscape-based artwork in York). .
  • Roberts-funded creation of a wiki for the University of Sheffield PhD Practical Public Engagement module (Spring 2012)

Talks, presentations and workshops

  • Pecha Kucha Night, Coventry: 'Enta geweorc: Recreating the Ruin' (forthcoming June 2013)
  • Radio interview discussing Stivichall vs Styvechale ('The Shane O'Connor Show, 17 April 2013)
  • Co-founder and co-director of Sheffield Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Society lecture series (February 2012-current)
  • ‘Turn towards the right, and to some extent avoid wrongdoing: Theft in Anglo-Saxon England’: Soundscape project in conjunction with Bank Street Arts ‘Up the Coal Chute’ installation. See < http://bankstreetarts.com/news/up-the-coal-chute/> (Spring 2012)
  • ArText Symposium and Exhibition: Word sindon minne maðum, Bank Street Arts: exhibition and public lecture (May 2012)
  • University of Sheffield Arts Faculty-funded ‘Engaging with Old English Knowledge Fair’. See @Engage_OE and @Godfric on Twitter (May 2012). The students' video was recently picked up by the Huffington Post (September 2013).
  • Pecha Kucha, ‘Party Like it’s 899’: a humorous paper on the subject of Anglo-Saxon drinking, given at the Coventry Pecha Kucha night (December 2012)
  • Public lecture, entitled ‘The Anglo-Saxons: Living, Speaking, Healing’ (February 2012)
  • Radio interview (‘The Rony Robinson Show’, 15th May 2012)
  • Presenter of news stories (in Old English) on BBC Radio 4, ‘Broadcasting House’ (March 2011)
  • University of Sheffield International Languages Festival: public workshops on Old English (March 2011/2012)