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First Sociology Prize for Public Engagement announced

(28 July 2017)

The winners of the first University of Manchester Sociology Prize for Public Engagement have been announced. Dr Bethan Harries won the staff category for her Everyday Race project. Working with artist Paul Gent, Bethan used a series of postcards and comics to share everyday experiences of racism in a user-friendly way. The postcards and artwork have been used to create an exhibition at the City Library and are now being used in teaching packs with schools and youth groups.

The joint winners of the PhD student category were Laura Fenton and Aimee Harragan. Laura worked with a community organisation in Sale to give children a voice in decisions about the future of their local area. She used her experience of mixed-method social research to co-create persuasive data which fed into some big decisions, including the decision to reverse a planned supermarket development in the area.

Aimee also worked with young people, training a group of volunteers so they could carry out their own research into young people’s understanding of culture. The project findings were shared in a mural, an exhibition and a performing arts production and there are plans for more research in the future.

Well done to our winners, and to the excellent applications that were received from all staff and students who entered.