CERES Conference 2017

Activism and Anti-Racism in Education: telling our stories

Our 3rd International Conference is taking place at Moray House School of Education on 14th-16th June 2017.

Further information on the conference and our Call for Papers is available here.

On the Hideous Whiteness Of Brexit: “Let us be honest about our past and our present if we truly seek to dismantle white supremacy”

Akwugo Emejulu, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, examines how white supremacy has operated before and after the UK’s EU referendum and argues that the visibility of racism following the Brexit vote must not obscure the conditions for its possibility. Her co-authored book, The Politics of Survival: Minority Women, Activism and Austerity in France and Britain is forthcoming with Policy Press. 

Read the full article here

Internationalising the Higher Education Framework

This project was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and conducted in partnership with CERES as part of the HEA Strategic Enhancement Progamme’s work on the theme of ‘Internationalising the Curriculum’. The study explored how staff and students understood, and envisaged the deployment of, the HEA Internationalising Higher Education Framework document. There was particular focus on individuals’ understanding of the language and concepts of the framework, and how they envisaged the framework as relating to their day-to-day learning, teaching and social interactions within higher education.

The project authors are Dr Charles Anderson, CERES Co-Director Dr Rowena Arshad, and Jonathan Hancock.

You can view and download the report below. Further information is available on the HEA’s website.

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Policy, pedagogy and pupil perceptions: EAL in England and Scotland

This project aims to give EAL learners a voice in shaping and informing their learning opportunities and experiences and to identify ways in which their perceptions can be used to improve their learning experiences within UK schooling. The research was commissioned by The Bell Foundation and conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and University of Reading.

The Executive Summary and Full Report are available to view and download below.

Executive Summary

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Full Report

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Moray House School of Education issues Election Briefings

The Moray House School of Education has issued a series of briefings ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary Elections on 5th May 2016. You can access the full list of briefings here.

Read about the Experience of Minority Ethnic Young People in Scotland: Issues for Education
This study draws from the three-year AHRC-funded project led by Professor Peter Hopkins (University of Newcastle) with Dr Gurchathen Sanghera (University of St Andrews), CERES Co-Director Dr Rowena Arshad (University of Edinburgh), and Dr Kate Botterill, Senior Research Fellow (formerly University of Newcastle and now at Edinburgh Napier University).

Scottish Government publishes Race Equality Framework

The Scottish Government has published a Race Equality Framework which sets out their approach to promoting race equality and tackling racism and inequality between 2016 and 2030.

Read the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016 – 2030.

New CERES Briefing

Exploring Young Children’s Social Identities: Performing Social Class, Gender and Ethnicity in Primary School
Dr Marlies Kustatscher, University of Edinburgh

This briefing summarises the findings from CERES Co-Director Marlies Kustatscher’s PhD research conducted as part of her doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh between 2010-2015.

This study is based on an ethnographic research with a group of approx. 25 children aged 5-7 in a primary school in a Scottish city. The research explores how young children live their social identities in the context of a primary school. In particular, the project investigates the significance of social class, gender and ethnicity in the children’s identities and relationships.

While young children are sometimes seen as ‘too innocent’ or ‘too naïve’ to be concerned about these issues, this research showed that children are aware of general ideas and stereotypes about class, gender and ethnic identities. They also actively contribute to how such ideas and stereotypes come to be constructed and contested. This raises implications for education practitioners and policy makers to actively challenge intersectional inequalities in schools, and to involve children themselves in discussions about this.

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CERES Director joins Scottish Government Independent Advisory Group

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad has been asked to join the Scottish Government’s Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion. The Group is chaired by Dr Duncan Morrow, University of Ulster. Other members include John Wilkes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, Pauline Kelly, Hate Crime Policy Officer, Glasgow Community Safety Services, and Morag McLaughlin, Former Senior Prosecutor for the Crown.

The Scottish Government’s announcement of the Group and further background information is available here.


CERES Director gives evidence to Equal Opportunities Committee

In summer 2015 CERES Co-Director Dr Akwugo Emejulu provided written and oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into ‘Removing barriers: race, ethnicity and employment’. The Committee sought evidence on the experiences of ethnic minorities in employment in Scotland and the challenges they face, as well as the measures that are required to achieve positive outcomes.

The Committee has published a detailed report on the Inquiry and its findings and you can read it in full here.

Read Akwugo’s written submission to the Committee here.


Final AHRC Project Report Published

Faith, Ethnicity and Place: Young People’s Everyday Geopolitics in Scotland

A research project focussing on the experiences of ethnic and religious minority young people has been published. The research was conducted by Newcastle, St Andrews and Edinburgh Universities from 2013-2015.  It explores the experiences of young people growing up in urban, suburban and rural Scotland, focussing on everyday geopolitics and patterns of Islamophobia among ethnic and religious minority young people. Everyday geopolitics describes the way in which international, national and local issues (economic, political and social) shape, and are shaped by, people’s everyday lives in different contexts.

You can download the full final report here.

You can also access the Executive Summary here.

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