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Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education

Dr Alison Struthers' article 'The Underdeveloped Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education: English primary education as a case study' has been published by the Journal of Human Rights Practice (DOI:10.1093/jhuman/huw023).

The article argues that in order for learners to become empowered human rights activitists, they must be equipped with relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes. It draws upon empirical research conducted with teachers from primary schools across England to argue that whilst empowerment-related concepts may be encouraged to a certain extent, learners are unlikely to be emerging from formal schooling with the means to contribute significantly to transformation of the broader human rights culture.

Ali Struthers Organises Successful ESRC event on campus with primary and secondary school pupils

Ali Struthers organised a successful event on campus on the 11th of November with primary and secondary school pupils as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. The event saw 60 primary pupils from Widening Participation schools attend campus in the morning and 60 secondary pupils from WP schools in the afternoon. The pupils took part in workshops that addressed challenging issues in the social sciences through literature appropriate to young people. The workshops were run by Ali (human rights), Phil Gaydon (war), James Harrison (labour rights) and Lucy Hatton (immigration), and the event was well-received by all who took part.

Read about James' experience of his morning workshop here.

Congratulations to Alison Struthers on her Warwick ESRC IAA award

Alison Struthers has been awarded £9,217.76 by Warwick ESRC IAA to aid her in developing educational resources that will show how the requirement to teach fundamental British values in primary schools can be linked to broader human rights frameworks. Well done Alison.

For more information about Warwick ESRC IAA funding please click here.

Dr Alison Struthers to present at the Canada International Conference on Education

CHRP fellow Alison Struthers is travelling to Canada to attend and present at the Canada International Conference on Education, being held at the University of Toronto Mississauga between the 27th and 30th of June 2016.

She is co-presenting a paper with Chrystal Lynch of the University of Manitoba entitled ‘A Comparative Exploration of Human Rights Education in Primary Schools and Higher Education Institutes’. This comparative paper draws upon the authors’ respective research fields in England and Canada and they plan to write a journal article together following the conference.

Alison is also chairing a panel on ‘Global Issues in Education and Research’.

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Writing Wrongs Essay Competition Winners

On Saturday 23rd April, the Law School's Widening Participation team hosted the prize giving event of the inaugural 'Writing Wrongs' essay competition. Since November, we have been working with 25 pupils from non-traditional backgrounds from eight schools in Coventry and Warwickshire through a series of Saturday workshops in order to improve their research skills and write a 2,500 word essay on the theme of social justice.

Thu 05 May 2016, 11:15 | Tags: msp, hre

Warwick Law School Launches Writing Wrongs Essay Competition

On Saturday 21 November, the Law School’s Widening Participation Officer and Researcher Anil Awesti, was interviewed on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire about the launch of our Writing Wrongs essay competition.

Listen to Anil’s interview now on BBC iPlayer (interview starts at 2:17).

Tue 24 Nov 2015, 09:42 | Tags: hre