YouthLink Scotland Policy Seminars Planning Group – looking for participants like you!

New Opportunity – YouthLink Scotland Policy Seminars Planning Group

In 2018 YouthLink Scotland will host for the first time a series of Policy Seminars. The Policy Seminars will provide high quality themed inputs from experts within the chosen subject matter, facilitated networking and free-thinking time for policy connections to be made, and provide a national platform for sector leaders to illustrate and discuss their policy activity within a youth work context. The audience for these events will include: senior youth workers/managers, chief executives, policy professionals, civil servants, strategic planners, academics and funders.
To make these events happen YouthLink Scotland is establishing a new Planning Group. We are looking for enthusiastic forward thinking individuals who would like to contribute to shaping these events. There would be a commitment for members of the Planning Group to attend meetings in Edinburgh (once every two months) and to support the YouthLink Scotland team virtually between meetings.

The first meeting will take place on 22 November 2017 from 2pm to 4pm.

We are looking for individuals with previous experience and skills in areas including (but not limited to):

  • Youth Policy
  • Youth Work
  • Research
  • CPD planning and delivery
  • Evaluation and impact

For more information about this opportunity or to express interest in joining the Planning Group please contact Susan Hunter – .


Our next seminar 2 November: ‘All views matter: Critically exploring the process and outcomes of child-led research in conflict prone and other complex environments’

*For those of you who missed this seminar, Pato has kindly agreed to share his slides (with references!) for those interested in his work.

You can access his work here

Our next Network seminar on 2 November will feature the research of Patricio Cuevas-Parra, a PhD candidate in Social Policy and Senior Global Policy Adviser for Child Participation and Rights with World Vision International. In particular, he will delve into one of the case studies in his thesis, titled “All views matter: Critically exploring the process and outcomes of child-led research in conflict prone and other complex environments’. For those interested in child rights, child participation, and researching with children, this is for you!

When: Thursday 2 November 2017, 4 – 5 pm

Where: University of Edinburgh Medical School, Teviot Doorway 3, Teaching Room 1, G.204 (map)

About this seminar: Patricio will discuss a case study about a group of Syrian refugee children who have led their own research on issues affecting their refugee situation. These refugee children identified violence, bullying and harassment at the schools and communities as one of the major issues affecting their lives. The presentation will discuss issues related to ethics and methodology, along with an analysis of how the research conducted by refugee children could be translated into practice as part of an advocacy agenda that aims to improve the condition of refugee children. The session will explore whether the engagement of children and young people in their own research was a useful practice to explore issues of violence and thus contributed to a better understanding of issues in conflict situations. The presentation will argue that refugee children were capable of engaging in their research as a vehicle to participate and to generate knowledge. However, the aim of influencing decision-making remained partially unanswered as the young researchers lacked sufficient evidence to prove the impact made by their research.

Profile: Patricio Cuevas-Parra is the Senior Global Policy Adviser for Child Participation and Rights with World Vision International and is responsible for leading strategies and programmes to ensure the voices of children are heard and acted upon in high-policy debate particularly those in global capitals such as Brussels, Geneva and New York. His research project “All views matter: Critically exploring the process and outcomes of child-led research in conflict prone and other complex environments”, was conducted in Jordan, Lebanon and Bangladesh. He will discuss his methodology and ethics procedures for conducting child-centered research.

Social Policy Seminar Series presents: ‘Democratic Devolution in the wake of Brexit: Youth Citizenship in Greater Manchester’

On Friday October 27th the University of Edinburgh Social Policy seminar series will host Dr Andy Mycock of the University of Huddersfield, who will share his recent work on youth democratic engagement and citizenship. I would encourage all those with an interest in youth citizenship, politics and participation to come along, where Dr Mycock will present for about an hour followed by a drinks reception.

‘Democratic Devolution in the wake of Brexit: Youth Citizenship in Greater Manchester’
Dr Andy Mycock, Reader in Politics, University of Huddersfield

When: 27 October, 15:00 – 18:00

Where: Chrystal Macmillan Building Staff Room, 6th floor, 15A George Square, University of Edinburgh

Abstract:  Brexit has left many young people who were not able to vote in the EU referendum feeling democratically isolated, excluded, and powerless to have their voices heard and influence political debate. Devolution within England offers young people new opportunities to learn about, engage with, and participate in existing and new local and regional polities. Drawing on the case of Greater Manchester, Dr Andy Mycock will discuss current research which explores the extent to which English devolution has enhanced youth citizenship policy-making in the wake of Brexit. He will explore the formation of a new regional ‘Youth Combined Authority’ in Greater Manchester and its impact on youth democratic education, engagement, and participation.

For more information please head to the Social Policy website here.

Moray House School of Education Seminar Day, 11 October: ‘Counting Every Child In’

Next week our colleagues at the Moray House School of Education will be holding a free one-day seminar titled ‘Counting Every Child In.’ Researchers who work in different contexts – Scotland and the UK, Ireland and China – will come together to explore issues in inclusive and special education, pupil voice and teacher education. The seminar is free but you are encouraged to register for this event as places are limited, so please email to register.

Check out the seminar flyer here: CECI seminar day poster
And the full schedule: CECI seminar schedule

‘Counting Every Child In’ Seminar 

When and Where: 9:30-16:30, Wednesday 11 October 2017
Paterson’s Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

About: Ensuring inclusive and quality education for all is key to the sustainable development of global community. It is a shared challenge across developing and developed contexts to tackle marginalisation and exclusion in education. In this event, leading researchers in the field of inclusive education, pupil voice and teacher education will come together to explore better understandings of how to respond to learner diversity, in particular, what can be learned from our pupils.

To reserve a place please email

Welcome Back! Our first discussion, 26 September: ‘Creativity within Scottish primary education’

Welcome back to the 2017/2018 academic year! We are gearing up for a year of new discussions and presentations from our PhD members from Schools across the University, and look forward to covering a wide variety of topics in childhood and youth study areas. Our first discussion of the year is on Tuesday, 26 September at 4 pm with Krystallia Kyritsi, who is submitting her thesis in Moray House School of Education this semester. She’ll be leading a discussion on her research about creativity in public schools in Scotland, drawing on her ethnographic research with 12 year olds in primary school. For those working in a school context, this is especially for you! We look forward to hearing about this unique topic and can’t wait to see you there — all interested are welcome and we hope to see some new faces!

Title: ‘Creativity within Scottish primary education: exploring children’s perspectives on creativity and barriers to its practical implementation’

Date/Time: Tuesday, 26 September, 4 pm

Location: Paterson’s Land 1.18 (map)

Abstract: Creativity has been explored through a plethora of definitions over the years. Most researchers perceive creativity as an individual trait and dominant definitions of creativity are based on psychological frameworks that mainly focus on individual creativity. However, there has recently been an increasing interest in exploring children’s collaborative creativity (Chappell, 2007; Craft et al, 2014; Davis, 2011). Despite that, there are still many unanswered questions regarding children’s perspectives on creativity and regarding how creativity can be fostered in schools through children’s individual or collaborative work. In this talk I will present children’s diverse perspectives on creativity and I will draw particular attention to how children’s differences (gender, race, age, disability) influence the way children perform and embody creativity. This presentation will also explore cultural and structural barriers to the practical implementation of creativity in schools. The talk will draw on findings of an ethnographic research (which involved participant observation and semi-structured interviews with 25 children and 2 teachers) that was conducted in one Scottish primary school classroom. This presentation will discuss findings of this study that strongly indicate that children perceive creativity not only as an individual characteristic, but also as a process that is performed through collaboration and will explore cultural and structural barriers to fostering childhood creativity in schools.

A note to Network members and friends: we are working on filling up our calendar of events for the semester that cover childhood and youth studies topics. Have an event that we should know about and publicise? Email to let me know!


Register now for the Interweaving Conference, 6 September, Moray House School of Education

Next Wednesday, 6 September the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education are putting on the Interweaving Conference, their biannual staff and doctoral research conference. Conference registration will be open until the end of the day TOMORROW, 29 August — so register your place today!

This free conference will investigate and share the national and international research being undertaken by doctoral students and academic staff from the School of Education in the University of Edinburgh. The range and diversity of research interests and approaches within, across and between perspectives and traditions are a great strength and the conference will bring together established researchers and new researchers.

The key aims of this conference are to:
– celebrate the research that our students and staff are involved in
– showcase our research across a range of streams of educational inquiry
– consider how our different research interests and perspectives intersect within the context of a common educational agenda
facilitate (further) opportunities for networking between students, early career researchers and academic staff of Moray House School of Education (and beyond).

To learn more about the conference, including registering your place, please head to the conference website:

Summer hiatus: see you in September!

Thank you to everyone who has attended any of the Network events this year, and for all of you who are following our work in jiscmail and elsewhere. We had a great year of seminars from University of Edinburgh PhD candidates, covering topics such as youth transitions and social justice, autism, childhood friendship, emotions and childhood practice and much more. We also topped off the year with the Young People’s Transitions Conference in April, which was a great day.

As things slow down here on campus we’ll also be taking a break from our monthly seminars and will pick up those again in September. Although the presenters at these seminars will be PhD students and early career researchers, these free seminars are open to anyone both inside and outside the University — so if you are interested in youth or childhood studies topics please subscribe to our jiscmail to hear about these events and come along! We also use jiscmail as the primary medium to send out other events of interest to this network, both here in Scotland and elsewhere, and you can use it as a place to publicise your event as well. Over the summer we will still be publicising events of note on jiscmail and keeping the Upcoming Events calendar updated if at all possible.

We will also be posting in the near future a document from both the Listening Session and the feedback survey from the Young People’s Transitions Conference that took place in April. Both have provided us with some great feedback about what you’d like to see covered in future seminars or events.

And importantly: if you are a PhD student who would like to present for the network or if you have an event that you would like publicised to the Network please email me ( I’d love to hear from you!

See you all in September and have a great summer!