Community Engagement: Additional reference

Community Engagement

Examples of Community Engagement

Dramatising Slavery and Emancipating Students: Learning Beyond the Classroom
A project based at the University of Central Lancashire: undergraduates helped create materials for a dramatic tableau on the slave trade for use in schools.

Writing for Social Purpose: Ideas for Sustainable Teaching and Learning
In this CILASS – funded project at the University of Brighton, Creative Writing students followed a module on writing with a sense of social responsibility, working with local groups in Brighton.

Creative Writing Project Module
Students involved in this project, based at Brunel University, collaborated in small groups to devise devise small creative writing projects to take place in west London.

Prison Reading Groups
In this English Subject Centre case study, Jenny Hartley reports on the experience of running a prison reading group, part of the Prison Reading Groups
(PRG) project she currently runs with Sarah Turvey at Roehampton University. See also ‘Reading Together: The Role of the Reading Group inside Prison‘ by Hartley and Turvey, an article in the May 2009 issue of the Prison Service Journal.

Teaching to Learn
In this article, published in the English Subject Newsletter 7 (2004), Ros King reflects on a module she ran at Queen Mary, University of London, in which students taught Shakespeare to school-children.

Reading in Practice: Extending students’ reading and learning through community engagement
Students worked in specially-designed reading groups in a variety of settings, including a dementia care home and a drug rehabilitation unit. An English Subject Centre project, based at the University of Liverpool under the aegis of Get Into Reading, the outreach project of The Reader organisation.

Storying Sheffield
Undergraduates are working together with people with no family background in HE on this project based at the University of Sheffield, recording, and collecting stories and other representations of the ‘life’ of Sheffield to produce a diverse range of artefacts.


Association for Medical Humanities (AMH)
The AMH brings together those working at the interface between medicine and the humanities both inside and outside HE, promoting the medical humanities in education, healthcare and research.

British Council
The UK organisation responsible for setting up cultural collaborations (events, projects, etc.) with other countries. The website includes a page specifically about Literature-related work.

Lapidus: Creative Words for Health and Wellbeing
Umbrella organisation for people interested in the connections between well-being and health and creative writing and reading.

Prisoners’ Education Trust
A national organisation offering educational opportunities to prisoners.

The Reader Organisation
A literary outreach organisation based at the University of Liverpool: home both of The Reader magazine and the project Get into Reading which supports a network of specially-designed community reading groups throughout the UK.

Read: The Reading Agency
Includes the national database of reading groups.

University of the Third Age (U3A)
A network of self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work.

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)
The UK’s largest voluntary provider of adult education, founded in 1903.

General Secondary Material

Ad-Lib: Journal of Continuing Liberal Adult Education
Published by the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge, this freely-available online journal contains articles on a broad spectrum of lifelong education and learning topics.

BMJ Group Medical Humanities Blogs
Blog posts on a wide variety of Medical Humanities topics, run by the British Medical Journal.

Guardian Book Club
The Guardian Book Club, run by John Mullan of University College London, comprises a weekly newspaper column, live Q&A sessions with authors, podcasts, and a blog-discussion, focusing on a novel a month.

Literature and Community Engagement
Stimulating look at ‘what might have been lost in English’s transition from adult education to the university mainstream’: an article by Tom Sperlinger from Ad-Lib 38 (June 2009), 23-26.

A Three-Legged Stool: Cultural, Functional, Creative
An article by Rick Rylance, published the English Subject Centre Newsletter 10 (2006), on the social function of English Studies.

Book Clique Cafe
Online reading groups.

Trapped in a Local History: Why did Extramural Fail to Engage in the Era of Engagement?
Controversial article by Chris Duke, from Ad-Lib 36 (November 2008), 3-19: its argument is ‘that extramural liberal adult conceived in the particular UK tradition, was doomed by its high-minded origins and its privileged status’.

The Listening Reader: Fiction and Poetry for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. London: Jessica Kingsley, 1995
This book by Ben Knights looks at the value of literature in therapeutic settings, including a list of literary texts recommended for use by counsellors and psychotherapists.

The Social Mission of English Criticism 1848-1932. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1983)
Chris Baldick’s influential study of the early years of English Studies.

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes. New Haven: Yale University Press (2001)
Jonathan Rose’s epic survey of 200 years of working-class auto-didacticism.