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C2G2 puts on citizenship event for local pupils

Published: 13 April 2011 Origin:  Politics and International Relations

On March 17th, PhD students Anjelica Finnegan and Emily Rainsford together with staff and undergraduate students from Social Sciences, put on a public engagement event for pupils in three local schools.

The theme of the day was to discuss how the pupils would like to contribute to their local, national and international communities in the coming year, staff and PhD students contributed with their expertise with help from Undergraduate and Masters Students.

The event had multiple purposes. For the School of Social sciences, it provide and opportunity to participate in an outreach and public engagement event, as well as giving the academic staff an opportunity to communicate their research to an audience they might not interact with very often. For the undergraduate and Masters students, this was an excellent volunteering opportunity that also gave them more insight in to the research being conducted in the school. For the pupils, the aim was to put on an event that would go beyond the textbook but still be relevant to the Citizenship Education Curriculum. Moreover, they had the opportunity to spend the day at a Russell Group University and learn from leading academics in the field, as well as meeting Alan Whitehead (MP) and Andrea Rennard (Volunteering England).The documentation of the day is in the process of being complied in to a document that will be sent off to policymakers and to the pupils themselves.

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