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Explore the Festival of Social Science 2023 at Northumbria University

25th October 2023

Discover how storytelling can motivate young people to think positively about their future aspirations and explore people’s attitudes towards pedestrian underpasses as part of an exciting range of free events being hosted by Northumbria University.

The events take place between 21 October and 17 November as part of the nationwide ESRC Festival of Social Science, which offers fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our lives.

The events shaping our world, from climate change to geopolitical tensions and civic protests, reveal how social science is more important than ever to understanding the world.

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of social science research which explores our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.  It is  funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  

The festival is an opportunity for anyone to explore topics relating to social science – from health to crime, equality, education and identity – through events run by researchers at Northumbria University. A number of Northumbria University’s events will focus on lifelong wellbeing, exploring mental and physical health at all ages.

Lucy Jowett, Research Impact Manager at Northumbria University, said: “For the first time, Northumbria University is hosting the festival, and we are excited at the range of free events we have on offer. Look at the website and come along to explore our exciting and life-changing research that is changing lives for the better. Newcastle University are also offering events in the programme so there is a lot to choose from across the region.”

This year’s programme at Northumbria University is made up of nine diverse events, including ‘The Story Chair’, at Seaton Delaval Hall, which aims to explore routes for innovation in women’s criminal justice support services, and ‘Beyond Bedtime’, which takes place at Whitley Bay Library and explores the hidden joy and wellness in adults reading with children.

Stian Westlake, ESRC Executive Chair, said: "The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a unique insight into UK social science research and its relevance to individuals, society and the economy.

“There are hundreds of free events taking place across the UK and online, including at Northumbria University. We hope you enjoy the events and finding out more about social scientists’ work."

There’s no cost to attend any of the events, and most are open to everyone, though some are aimed at specific groups. They’ll be running in a mixture of online, in-person and hybrid formats, and will include talks, performances, exhibitions, participatory events and panel debates. For most events, you can book yourself a place in advance online at https://festivalofsocialscience.com/events/partner/university-of-northumbria/ 

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