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. CERES Co-Director Yvonne Foley is PI for the project, which has been funded by The Bell Foundation.

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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.

Akwugo also appeared on The Kaye Adams Programme on BBC Radio Scotland to discuss the findings of the Committee’s report. You can listen to the programme by following this link (go to 02:19:55 to listen to the segment on the report).


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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New Research Grant

Dr Kristina Konstantoni (CERES Co-Director) and Dr Marlies Kustatscher are conducting a participatory action research project with young people entitled ‘Creating transformative partnerships: Making spaces for tackling childhood and youth inequalities’. The project is funded by a CHSS Challenge Investment Fund (from the University of Edinburgh) and a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant.

Marlies and Kristina will work as Co-PIs with the young people on this project and are supported by Co-Investigators and academic advisors Prof John Davis, Dr Akwugo Emejulo (CERES Co-Director), Liam Cairns (Director, Investing in Children), and Alan Brown (independent artist and filmmaker).