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Come along and have your say

Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (Manchester Metropolitan University) would like to invite you to take part in a research study that the Department for Education has paid for. The aim of the study is to explore young people’s, their parents and carers, experiences and aspirations around education and jobs. We know that there are a lot of young people who have not had the opportunity to achieve their full potential at school/college, and did not get the help and support they needed. This research will help people who work with young people within education and the youth justice services to better understand your experiences.
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‘Politics of Widening Participation’ and Book Launch for ‘Making Youth’

The Manchester Centre for Youth Studies and the Centre for Children, Young people and Community, at the Manchester Metropolitan University, invite you to a public lecture by Anna Hickey-Moody, University of Sydney, followed by a launch of Professor Melanie Tebbutt’s new book, ‘Making Youth: A History of Youth in Modern Britain, Palgrave.

Anna Hickey Moody is currently a lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. She will deliver a lecture reflecting on a study with 365 young people who have precarious relationships to education and are not currently attending school. The young people in this study belong to a range of socially marginalized demographics across Australia. Largely excluded from educational futures, young people with tenuous relationships to schooling remain an enduring problem for social inclusion agendas. The empirical study which is the focus of this talk, sets out to understand exactly what young people with precarious relationships to education know about further education and how they come to acquire these knowledges.

Melanie Tebbutt is Professor of History at MMU. She has published across a range of themes, including youth and leisure, communities and cultures, families and gender. Melanie’s new book, Making Youth: A History of Youth in Modern Britain, Palgrave, traces the origins and development of key themes and debates in the history of British youth. In exploring the complex realities of young people’s shifting social and cultural experiences over two centuries, it argues that historical understanding is essential if the social and cultural attitudes which still frequently dismiss or discount young people’s needs are to be challenged. Current issues such as the ageing of western societies, high levels of youth unemployment and the potential for social and political unrest make this a timely study.

Please join us on 18th July 2016 from 5pm-7.30pm in the Benzie Building 403, BZ403, followed by a drinks reception at the Benzie Roof Garden.

If you require further details, please contact: Hannah Smithson

When Monday, 18 July 2016 from 17:00 to 19:30 (BST) Where Manchester Metroplitan University – Benzie Building, BZ403 Higher Ormond St, Manchester, M15 6BG


MCYS BMX and Skateboard Research Project

Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) recently received Blue Sky Thinking funding from RCASS to carry out research exploring ways in which use of the ‘street’ and other public spaces affect the identities of groups of young street BMXers and skateboarders.

The research intends to work collaboratively with BMXers and skateboarders who use the streets and other public spaces as part of their riding and or skating. This collaborative research will explore ways in which riders and skateboarders align their identity with these spaces and the activity. The project will utilise a broad range of methods, most of which will be participatory. There is a distinct lack of research and literature focusing on BMX and skateboarding. With this in mind, this project will take the twofold position of initiating a new strand of knowledge in research orientated toward the extreme or lifestyle sports of BMX and skateboarding, as well as more specifically contributing new knowledge in the University’s beacon area of Youth. This also aligns with MCYS’s position as a leading centre for YPAR methods.


Liverpool Hope International Conference on Childhood and Youth: Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation

On 23rd and 24th June, 2016 Dr Hannah Smithson, Richard McHugh and Charlene Crossley presented papers at a conferences hosted by Liverpool Hope University. The conference focused on the theme of ‘Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation’.

On the 23rd Dr Hannah Smithson presented a paper on identity formation amongst visibly observant young Muslims. Whilst Richard McHugh presented two papers, one focusing on philosophical perspectives of ex-gang members involved in gang intervention focused youth work and the other on a historical perspective of youth, gangs, peer groups and risk.

On the 24th Charlene Crossley presented a paper based around her Doctoral research focusing on the goals and aspirations of young people living in communities labelled as marginalised or gang affected.


Manchester Metropolitan University awarded Department of Education contract

Children and young people with learning disabilities and other impairments are more likely to go to prison than other young people because the youth justice system is failing to recognise their needs.

A powerful partnership between and Manchester Metropolitan University, Achievement for All (AfA) and the Association of YOT (Youth Offending Team) Managers (AYM) has been awarded a Department of Education contract to support young people who offend and who have Special Education Needs (SEN).DofE

Over the next 10 months, the partnership will support all front line professionals working in the youth justice system to transform outcomes for young people who offend (or are at risk of doing so), and who have special education needs.

Manchester Metropolitan University will be responsible for developing the research model, informed by interviews and surveys with young people and their families, YOT staff, and wider professional networks, and also for data collection and analysis.

Dr Hannah Smithson from the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) and Peter Hick Faculty of Education said,

“MMU has a long history of involvement both in SEN and the Youth Justice sectors and run one of the largest SEN Co-ordinators programmes for English Local Authorities. This is a very important project. MMU are delighted to be working with AfA and the AYM in a partnership that will see real change for young people in the criminal justice system. It brings together two areas of expertise for MMU – SEN and youth justice, demonstrating MMU’s ability and commitment to knowledge exchange and partnership working within these areas.”