External engagement

We share our research with broad audiences, engaging with local communities and national organisations to enrich culture and society, challenge inequalities in cultural access, and to shape our field through academic service, leadership and consultation. We collaborate with a range of artists within the UK and abroad, engaging with writers, readers, artists, filmmakers, composers, directors, playwrights, policymakers, educators, arts workers, public bodies and institutions, cultural and educational organisations, charities and the general public. 


This broad range of collaborators includes: the National Archives; Kew Gardens; Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada,Tate Britain, the Victorian and Albert Museum; Keats House; the Globe theatre; City of Westminster ArchivesSociety of Antiquaries of LondonChawton House Librarythe National Poetry Library;


We engage in several long-term partnerships. For example Dustin Frazier Wood is collaborating with the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society and the University of the Third Age to explore and catalogue the Society’s remarkable collections.

We build relationships with high-profile authors to share and support research and student opportunities. For example, our students have attended workshops, lectures and seminars given by Anthony Horowitz (Professorial Fellow), Patrice Lawrence, Daisy Johnson, and – before her retirement in 2020 from her post as Chancellor of the University – Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Our researchers regularly appear on broadcast media, including all major radio and TV channels. Recent examples include Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’ (Haywood), and the BBC2 documentary series Novels that Shaped the World (Kinane).