Masters students in Childhood Studies have been actively engaged with students and academics interested in children’s rights.
The Annual ‘Childhood Studies Jamboree’ has been running for 7 years. The Jamboree brings together students, researchers, academics and practitioners in a half-day event of knowledge sharing, stimulating discussion and celebration. Participants this year said:
"Engaging presenters, interesting and perspectives on research with children."
"Great to hear research directly from researchers - a sense of immediacy and great to see actual samples of research."
"Interaction and exchange, Jamboree itself is a great initiative!"
Students have come together across the University, in the Child and Youth Studies Network.
Students in 2017-18 have set up a twitter account, @uoe_childhood
MSc Childhood Studies' students organised a fantastic mini-conference in April 2018 Read, Write and Teach: Children's Literature? Further information about the event can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/read-write-and-teach-childrens-literature-tickets-44096388485
In more informal yet also stimulating way, there had been other activities led by the students. For example, in 2013, the cohort organised a Childhood Studies Film Project showcasing movies from different countries across the globe (check out the blog: uoecsfilm.blogspot.co.uk). Each movie has a different theme: child trafficking, child soldiers and street children.
And in 2014, the cohort visited a local nursery in Edinburgh to get first-hand experience of how children's participation can be exercised since early years!
Through the Programme Director, Childhood Studies has access to the Cross-Party Group for Children & Young People, at the Scottish Parliament, so we can attend these monthly meetings and associated activities. This is a chance to see policy-making in practice.
Many other things have been and will be done in the future, so make sure to visit this webpage from time to time.