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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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3 YAS Members amongst new Fellows of the RSE

3 YAS Members amongst new Fellows of the RSE

Three YAS members were named today amongst 56 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Sharon Ashbrook, Cait MacPhee and Graeme Malcolm join Ineke De Moortel, who last year became the first YAS member inducted into the RSE.

As Scotland’s National Academy, the RSE’s Fellowship hails from sector that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia. This range of expertise enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.

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Scots Sharing Aspirational Advice

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Many areas of young people's lives benefit from having high aspirations;  education, employability, physical and mental health, citizenship and safer and stronger communities.   What advice made you aim high?  What advice would you give to raise a young person's aspirations? 

Between the 5th of January (the day schools return from holidays) and the 28th of April (the first day of Scottish schools exams) the Young Academy of Scotland are asking all Scots to share a piece of advice to young people that will help them aim high, dream big, lift their aspirations and achieve their hopes and goals.  This can be new words of wisdom or the piece of advice which most motivated you. Together, everyone can lift up young people's aspirations and make them happen. 

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Building a Career beyond Academia: How to use your Arts & Humanities Research and Skills

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The Arts & Humanities in Society Working Group of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland is holding a workshop for postgraduate students interesting in pursuing careers beyond academia. The workshop will feature speakers who have made a successful transition from doctoral research into careers outside the higher education sector. Yet they all continue to work with university academics, whether through commissioning research, supporting research careers, holding research fellowships, or teaching on a part-time basis. Dr Carver will open the workshop with a discussion of the AHRC's strategy and approach to researcher development, while the other speakers will offer insights derived from their own experience, with a particular focus on the Scottish context. As a participant, you will be invited to reflect on the skills you are developing as a research student and the ways in which these might translate into competencies in a range of professions.

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