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Education and Society talks and workshops

Explore the talks and workshops we offer to students interested in the subjects that sit within the Faculty of Education and Society.

"I speak but my words fall away": Capturing Children's and Young People's Voices

In this interactive session, students will explore ways of researching with children and young people, capturing their voices about issues that directly affect them. They’ll work together to come up with creative ways of researching, focusing on themes such as health, education, technology, and the environment.

For the Love of Books: Exploring Reading for Pleasure

Analyse some well-loved picture books, including ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, and ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. Students will consider how texts work, as well as the role of storytelling in children’s lives with a particular focus on children as storytellers.

Authoring Reading Spaces: Children Designing and Creating Reading Spaces

Explore the design and development of reading spaces that encourage and engage children in reading for pleasure. Children as authors of their own reading spaces will be considered in a range of different contexts, as well as different ways of capturing children’s own ideas and experiences of their everyday reading practices.

Inclusive Practice and SEND Teacher Training

Focusing on pupils with SEND, students will examine how these children are supported effectively to reach their full potential. They’ll analyse legislation and policy, including inclusive pedagogical approaches.

Crime, Space and Place

In this workshop, students will consider what causes crime, as well as how the space and place it happens in can affect and influence it.

Mental Health in Custody

Students will gain an understanding of the role mental health plays in custody experiences and consider the growing “vulnerable offender” population, and the construct of capacity within this.

Prison Abolitionism

Engage in debate around the active arguments for and against the use of prisons using a global comparative approach.

Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System

Through critical thinking and discussion, explore what we mean by the term “vulnerable”, who this may apply to and whether it can change.

Violence Against Women and Girls

Examine the ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ strategies set forward in the UK penal legislation and the means of supporting victims and survivors of violence from a public health perspective. Please note that concepts such as domestic violence, sexual assault and/or honour-based violence may be explored in this session.

Domestic Violence and Abuse

In this workshop, students will gain an understanding of the history of domestic violence within a UK context and the changes to policy, practice, and support since the Home Office changed the definition of domestic violence in 2012. They’ll consider the role of coercive and controlling behaviour, as well as the way in which this has changed the role the criminal justice system has to play in providing rehabilitative means for such behaviours. Please note that concepts such as domestic violence, sexual assault and/or honour-based violence may be explored in this session.

Offender Punishment and Risk Management

Critically explore how and why we punish offenders, as well as how we manage them and the risk they pose to society.

Crime and the Role of the Media

Explore how the media may influence public perception of an offender, victim, and criminal justice stereotypes. Students will look at examples of true crime documentaries and/or other media representations and how this impacts criminal justice practices.

The 'Deserving' and the 'Undeserving' Victim

Unpick the myths and realities of labelling a victim and discover what people mean by the term “deserving” in victimhood by ranking experiences of victimisation and discussing them through a criminological lens.

Regulating the Sex Industry

Students will consider the arguments for and against the regulation and/or legislation of the sex industry, exploring and discussing how the sex industry has changed in contemporary society.

Criminality vs. Harm Online

In this session, students will gain an understanding of the role of the digital world in criminal justice and everyday society. They’ll unpack future crime and harms, what we mean by harm, and how this transgresses through social media.

Future Criminologies and Changing 'Crime'

Explore the changing construct of what is “criminal” over time, using examples of changing prison populations and the history of the criminal stereotype.

Education: A Craft, an Art and a Science

Explore the different sectors within education and discuss the skills and qualities required when working within it. Students will consider education as a science and discuss some basic theories which underpin it.

Education Studies: Addressing Inequalities and Social Justice in the Context of Public Education

In this workshop, students will consider inequalities in education and the impact this can have on achievement, attainment, and progression. They’ll discuss current issues within education and address how these can be overcome.

Every Day is a School Day

Students will gain an understanding of education and learning that takes place outside the classroom and explore the various routes within education. They’ll examine the different options available and consider how they all work collectively to contribute to instilling education across the whole of society.

Influencing Education Outside the Classroom

Examine the different roles within education through practical activities and discussion, many of which are beyond the classroom. Students will explore the many influential roles within the education sector and the key skills that underpin each one.

Health and Inequalities

This workshop will allow students to learn more about sociological ideas and perspectives around health inequalities in the UK. They’ll gain an understanding of social factors within health, wellbeing, and illness by considering a range of social divisions such as class, gender, ethnicity, and age, as well as disadvantaged groups. The role of public policy and practice in tackling these inequalities will also be examined.

Health and Happiness

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of a range of factors relating to people’s health and wellbeing by addressing key areas, with particular emphasis placed on work carried out with vulnerable adults and children. They’ll consider corresponding health problems such as emotional health and/or behavioural problems and explore different approaches to working with children and vulnerable adults, relating the topic to health, education, and health promotion.

Health Research in the Media

Acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively understand, interpret, and critically appraise research findings. Students will learn about the research process in the field of health and consider how it may be reported, learning to recognise how health facts are represented to and understood by the public.

Health and Change

Build upon general psychosocial theories of childhood development with a focus on the often academically neglected areas of middle (7-11) and adolescent (11-18) years development. Students will explore the environmental factors that precede problems both within individuals and the wider society that emerge during these age stages. They’ll analyse up to date research and policy aimed at successfully supporting the needs and upholding the rights of these age groups of children and explore the different contexts within their communities.


Explore how the health and wellbeing of children and young people is conceptualised in the UK and within international policy and practice. Students will gain an overview of the different models of health and the range of physical, psychosocial, sociological, and cultural factors that influence children and young people's health and wellbeing. They'll acknowledge how health is 'produced' and how contested notions of it emerge in policy and practice in a range of health and education settings. Students will also develop critical awareness of health behaviour change interventions and empowerment approaches.

A Day in the Life of a Trainee Teacher

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 1 hour
Capacity: N/A

In this workshop, students will find out about what the life of a trainee teacher looks like via a fun and rhythmical journey.

It Started with a Book

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 1.5 hours
Capacity: 30 students

Students will delve into the imaginative world of adventure, excitement and learning through the medium of books.

The Pros of Primary Teaching

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 1 hour
Capacity: N/A

In this session, students will discover why it’s so amazing becoming a primary school teacher and working in education.

Policing as a Career

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 1 hour

Students will discover more about what a career in policing entails and whether they have what it takes to succeed in this exciting occupation. They’ll examine the various entry route into the police and get advice on what might be the best career option for them.

Missing Persons: A Risky Business

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 1 hour

In this interactive session, students will learn about how the police assess risk when conducting missing person investigations and the subjective nature of decision making.

Trust and Legitimacy

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 45 minutes

Discuss the principles that have underpinned British policing for almost 200 years and assess their relevance today. Using case studies, students will examine whether modern day communities still trust the police and what the consequences are for policing if they are seen to act without legitimacy.

Begging for a Home

Audience: Years 12 and 13
Duration: 45 minutes

In this thought-provoking session, students will examine the police approach to begging and homelessness. They’ll consider how the current police response to this growing issue has been shaped and whether it remains fit for purpose moving forward.