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Silent Histories – Refugees in Scotland: past, present and future


In December 2015, the Arts, Humanities & Society Working Group of the Young Academy of Scotland was awarded funding to deliver a project tackling one of the key global issues, not just of our time, but of all history – the movement of peoples fleeing war, persecution, famine and other dangers.

This is a huge global issue, with social, political, economic and cultural ramifications, but the group wanted to make whatever contribution it could, however small. Inspired by the recent arrival of a small group of Syrian refugees in Scotland, the group thought about how they, and other refugees, might best be supported into their new lives in this country. As arts, humanities and social science scholars we were aware of the long history of refugees in Scotland, and so the project developed video exploring the ‘Silent History’ of refugees in Scotland, with an accompanying pack of school resources, aimed at 8-11+ year olds.

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Young Academy Co-Sponsors International Day of Prison Education

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On 13th October 2016, the Scottish Prison Service celebrated the International Day of Prison Education with a series of learning activities at HMP Barlinnie. The Young Academy’s Working Group “Arts, Humanities & Society” sponsored Glasgow-based “Street Cones” to deliver a morning workshop for some of the men at HMP Barlinnie, culminating in a performance later in the day in front of an audience of peers, staff and representatives of partner organisations.

“Street Cones” is a non-profit organisation consisting of people who have experienced the criminal justice system and who are now engaged in preventive community work with at-risk young people. They have a strong commitment to mentoring and peer support to preclude substance misuse, offending and re-offending behaviour.

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Call for Papers: 2017 Green Finance Conference

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*this event is being co-organised by the Young Academy of Scotland, and YAS member Professor Wenxuan Hou (University of Edinburgh Business School) is a member of the organising committee.

The Shanghai Institute of International Finance Center (SIIFC) at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, the Review of Finance and the University of Edinburgh Business School are organizing the Shanghai Green Finance Conference in 2017. The objective is to present top quality theoretical and empirical academic research on green finance. There is no registration fee for speakers. The conference also includes a forum which brings together key policy makers and top professionals.

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Job vacancy- Young Academy Officer

This is a fixed-term contract of employment (Maternity Cover) from 09 January 2017 to 08 December 2017.£22,432 per annum35 hours per weekMonday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm with 1 hour unpaid for lunch. Occasional work will be required out-with these normal hours

The closing date for applications is Friday 4 November 2016, 5pm. Interviews will take place during w/c 14 November (date to be confirmed).

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YAS member announces the European Health Award 2016

Siobhán O’Connor, a new member to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland, was one of only three young academics hand picked from across Europe to help judge and announce the European Health Award 2016. This prestigious award is presented at the European Health Forum Gastein conference in Austria each year. Siobhán, a lecturer in nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, received a Young Forum Gastein scholarship to attend this high level EU health policy conference to represent Scotland. The scholarship is co-funded by the European Commission and WHO Europe, to enable leading young health professionals to attend and participate in the conference.

Many European projects with a health focus are submitted for the European Health Award and Siobhán joined a panel of prestigious judges including Dr Terje Peetso, Health and Wellbeing Unit of DG CONNECT in the European Commission, Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Albert van der Zeijden, Board Member of the International Forum Gastein, among others to shortlist projects and make the final selection.

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Bernie O’Rourke is Reader in Spanish and General Linguistics at Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and inequality, drawing on theoretical frameworks and concepts within the general area of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language. In this research Bernie examines these processes as they unfold in the case of indigenous and non-indigenous minority languages in different European contexts including Irish, Gaelic and Galician and migrant languages spoken in Ireland and Scotland such as Urdu, Arabic and Polish.

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