Job at SPRC: Research Assistant (Quantitative)

Here at the SPRC we are looking for a Research Assistant (Quantitative Methods) to help with our externally funded research and Knowledge Transfer projects. The deadline is December 5th. For further info click here.

Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG)

I am now working with Paola Tubaro as convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Social Network Analysis study group – SNAG for short!

We are currently organising two events:

  • 08/01/2014: Training – Using Mixed Methods in Social Network Analysis
    A one-day training event organised by SNAG with University of Greenwich and Middlesex University. Venue: Greenwich University.
    To download the leaflet with further details and booking information click here.
  • 12/05/2014: Seminar – Mixed Methods Approaches to Social Network Analysis
    Key note speaker: Prof Nick Crossley, University of Manchester. Venue: Middlesex University. Call for papers coming soon. Watch this space!

For more information about SNAG click here.

Welfare needs of BME communities – programme now available

Thursday 18 July 2013, 10am – 4pm (tbc)
Middlesex University, Hendon Campus

Full programme on SPRC website. Deadline for registration: July 8th.

The current economic crisis and the ongoing welfare restructuring are having a disproportionate impact on Black and Minority Ethnic communities throughout the UK. As far-reaching government changes to benefits, housing, healthcare, advice provision and other services affect an already deeply unequal population, local community organisations need to work and advocate even more effectively for their clients and members. At the same time, recent funding and policy trends – from the shift to service commissioning to the ‘social cohesion’ agenda – have raised new challenges for the sustainability of BME sector as a whole.

This event aims to bring together practitioners, community activists, local policy makers and academics in an opportunity to engage with these issues through case studies, examples of good practices and ‘knowledge exchange’. Key themes to be explored include: Continue reading “Welfare needs of BME communities – programme now available”

Social Firms InfoMine launched this month!

Social Firms InfoMine is an innovative online diagnostic toolkit designed to find information and resources on the social firm sector and on how to develop a social firm. Social firms are enterprises whose specific purpose is to create quality jobs for people disadvantage in the labour market.
The toolkit includes an online questionnaire which guides the user through a set of questions, then produces a bespoke report with tailor-made information and links to relevant resources. Registered users can also search the entire resource database.

InfoMine was developed as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between Social Firms UK and Middlesex University’s Social Policy Research Centre, which I have been coordinating as ‘Knowledge Base Supervisor’.

SPRC New Website

We have just launched our new website for the SPRC (Social Policy Research Centre) at Middlesex University! The address is: www.sprc.info. Do visit for latest news about our research projects, events and other initiatives and for an archive of previous projects and publications. … and let me know what you think!

Internship opportunity at Runnymede Trust

Runnymede Trust is looking to recruit an enthusiastic intern to assist with an new project looking into the impact of the government’s Open Data agenda on BME organisations, communities and individuals. Main tasks will involve researching and writing a discussion paper on Open Data and its impact on BME communities and organising a seminar on the issue.

The project is being run in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University.

Please click here for full details. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12 August.