The ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011

29 October – 5 November 2011.

The Festival of Social Science, which is now in its ninth year, highlights some of the leading social science research taking place within the field of Social Science. Free lectures, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and other events will be taking place around the country to offer an insight into how social science research impacts on our lives.

The College of Social Science within the University of Birmingham is showcasing a number of projects within this years theme of Public Engagement, Communication and Impact


Playing and Learning with Innovative Technologies

Location: Topcliffe Primary School, Birmingham

The Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) in collaboration with Topcliffe Primary School is holding an open day involving pupils, parents and teachers to showcase innovative technologies for children on the autism spectrum. Participants will be given the opportunity to engage in hands-on experiences, workshops and discussion.

Ethical Dilemmas

Location: G12 Main Lecture Theatre, University House, Birmingham Business School

Consumers want cheap and good quality products, but what impact does this have on the workers in the world’s supply chains? This debate will explore the tension between low prices, fairness and the importance of international trade for the developing countries that produce these goods.

Can We Judge the Performance of Schools?
02/11/2011 and 04/11/2011

Location: G39, School of Education

Families, local politicians, school leaders and practitioners regularly face making real-life and important judgements about school performances. But are these judgements really evidence-informed? Do families and others have the simple knowledge and techniques needed to make evidence-informed judgements? This brief presentation and forum will help make the answer to these and related questions ‘Yes’.

Faith in the City: communities, regeneration, interaction

Location: Green Lane Masjid (Mosque), Small Heath

Social scientists and faith community representatives invite the general public to use the building to engage and discuss contemporary issues relating to faith in Birmingham, including:

  • Cohesion
  • regeneration
  • Islamophobia 

Bringing Wisdom to Research

Location: 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB, Maple House

This half-day workshop will explore the opportunities, practicalities and impact of involving older people in all aspects of research and service evaluation.

Active travel in Herefordshire

Location: Whitecross School Hereford HR4 0RN

The Active Travel Day will be a multi-activity, interactive and participative event. It will include; information on walking and cycling – including walking groups and cycling 'buddies', cycle checks, cycle training, individual travel plans, feedback on barriers to using more active travel (via interactive voting technology) personal fitness checks and advice to individuals about raising activity levels through active travel.


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