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26 October 2020 | 3 minutes

Dylan Thomas: ‘lost’ fifth notebook reveals how the great Welsh poet changed his style

A recently discovered Dylan Thomas notebook has shed new light on the poems, career and creativity of a literary master.

12 October 2020 | 15 minutes

Invisible Community: Black People in Germany (1884-1945)

From the start of German colonialism in the 1880s, to the collapse of Nazi Germany in 1945, a significant Black community developed. Yet history tells us little about them. Aitken’s work shines a light on this invisible community and helps to answer deeply personal questions of identity for many Afro-German people.

09 October 2020

Black authors are still underrepresented in UK publishing

A third of English primary pupils are from a BAME background. But in 2017, 99% of children's book characters were white. Our research looks at how children's publishing has a diversity problem.

21 August 2020

Why boxing is still a grassroots sport

In England, 1 in 4 boxing clubs are located in the most deprived 10% of neighbourhoods. Our research sheds new light on their important community role.

24 July 2020 | 2 minutes

Supporting farmers at the front line of climate change

Farming communities in West Bengal bear the brunt of the climate emergency. We worked with them on a scheme to better protect their livelihoods.

17 July 2020 | 2 minutes

Could buffalo milk lead to safer pregnancy in Indonesia?

In West Sumatra, pregnant women and their babies face huge health risks. We're finding a new way to help them stay safe.

27 May 2020

Uncovering the regional cost of welfare reform

Sheffield Hallam researchers have charted how a decade of sweeping welfare reforms hit the poorest areas hardest.

18 May 2020

Depression memes may be a coping mechanism for people with mental illness

Up to 27% of people in the UK experience depression. Our research shows that online memes can help them cope with their symptoms.

26 July 2019 | Reading time: 6 minutes

Hundreds of thousands of Haitian children suffer in slavery – and women play a key role 

The 'restavèk' system is unique to Haiti – but as Fiona de Hoog Cius explains, it carries important learnings for the global fight against modern slavery

13 June 2019

How adaptive gameplay can help children master arithmetic

Making games that teach effectively and play well is notoriously difficult – but our cross-discipline team is proving it can be done

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