Is AI the future of language learning?

As we mark the European Day of Languages, Professor Matthew Reynolds from AHRC’s Creative Multilingualism project reflects on artificial intelligence (AI) in the world of languages and the valuable role of arts and humanities researchers. What do language-learning and literary research have to do with artificial intelligence? A workshop at Pittsburgh University, organised by Professor … Continue reading Is AI the future of language learning?

Five key moments that shaped the British fashion industry

As London plays host to one of the ‘big four’ fashion weeks, Dr Jade Halbert, Lecturer in Fashion Business and Cultural Studies, University of Huddersfield and New Generation Thinker 2019, looks back at the some of the defining moments in the fashion industry, from 19th century scandals to the rise of online retailers. The Death … Continue reading Five key moments that shaped the British fashion industry

The importance of poetry today

Places of Poetry

In our latest blog post, Professor Andrew McRae, University of Exeter discusses the community arts initiative, Places of Poetry, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, and the relevance of poetry today. Poetry makes us pause. As a writer it requires a degree of thought … Continue reading The importance of poetry today

Manchester Voices: Documenting and celebrating the accents and dialects of Greater Manchester

Manchester Voices is a research project which explores the rich tapestry of accents, dialects, and identities that make up Greater Manchester. In this week’s blog, Dr Erin Carrie and Dr Rob Drummond discuss how the research will develop, and demonstrate why it really is a project about, with, and for the people of Greater Manchester.

Why don’t pupils want to study languages in the UK?

After a BBC report showed drops of up to 50% in the take-up of GCSE language courses since 2013, researchers from the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Creative Multilingualism project ask: Why don't pupils want to study languages and what can we do about it?  Professor Suzanne Graham and Dr Linda Fisher are researchers … Continue reading Why don’t pupils want to study languages in the UK?