UWS is taking part in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, a nationwide week-long insight (3 – 10 November 2018) into the country’s leading social science research.
We are organising a public event on Saturday 3rd November focusing on strategies that children can use to support their peers when affected by prejudice-based bullying at school. The university is calling on interested students to sign up as volunteers to help at the event, which is between 1pm – 4pm at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre in Glasgow.
The event is run in collaboration with Central and West Integration Network (CWIN), RespectMe Scotland and Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and is encouraging families with children aged from 9-16 to attend to learn about the latest research from our social scientists.
This initiative is related to the EU-funded GATE BULL project led by Dr Maria Sapouna, Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Culture and Society at UWS and Dr Thomas Hainey Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Computing and Physical Sciences at UWS, in collaboration with three partner universities in the Netherlands, Slovakia and Greece.
The project aims to develop an anti-prejudice-based bullying video game for 10-12 year-old children, accompanied by lesson plans and online teacher training.
Families with children between the ages of 9-16 years old will have the chance to take part in interactive games, arts and crafts and role play to learn more about being a safe and active bystander in situations related to bullying. Parents and carers will have the opportunity to meet experts in the field and discuss what can be done to prevent bullying.
Dr Leyla De Amicis, Researcher in the School of Media, Culture and Society at UWS, said: “We are thrilled to be participating in this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science. We have planned a lot of interesting activities for the day and it is set to be a really worthwhile event.
“I’m currently recruiting student volunteers who wish to help with organising and running the event, so I urge any interested students to please get in touch with me to discuss this further, and I ask colleagues to publicise the event as widely as possibly to their contacts, and to come along too!”
The ESRC Festival of Social Science, now in its 16th consecutive year, has helped researchers to engage with new audiences from teenagers to pensioners, including individuals representing businesses, charities and policymakers.
This year, there are over 300 creative and exciting events planned which will be held across the country at different universities aimed at encouraging businesses, charities, government, schools and students to discover, discuss and debate topical social science issues.
The event celebrates some of the country’s leading social science research, giving an exciting opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the UK’s social scientists and demonstrates how their work has an impact on everyone.
The UWS event is planned to take place from 1pm to 4pm on 3rd November at Garnethill
Multicultural Centre in Glasgow. More information can be found here.