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UWS is taking part in the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, a nationwide, week-long insight (3 – 10 November 2018) into the country’s leading social science research.

UWS is organising a public event on Saturday 3rd November focusing on strategies that children can use to support their peers if affected by prejudice-based bullying at school. The university is encouraging families with children aged between nine and 16 to attend to learn about the latest research from social scientists at UWS.

The event, which is from 1pm–4pm at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre in Glasgow, is run in collaboration with Central and West Integration Network (CWIN), RespectMe Scotland and Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).

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 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 videogame for 10 to 12 year-old children, accompanied by lesson plans and online teacher training.

Attendees 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.

Everyone who comes along will receive their own hero medal to act as a reminder to help if bullying is witnessed in the future.

“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’s set to be a really worthwhile event."
Dr Leyla De Amicis, UWS Researcher in the School of Media, Culture and Society

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’s set to be a really worthwhile event.

“Bullying is unacceptable full stop. It can have long-lasting effects on individuals who have suffered from it and our event aims to educate families and children on the important role they can play to prevent it in an engaging way.”

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.

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