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2007/08 Events

29/05/2008: One-day 'Taster' course in the Biographic-Narrative-Interpretive Method (BNIM)‘Life-histories, Lived situations and Ongoing personal experiencing’
ARK is holding a one-day ‘taster’ course in the Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method [BNIM] on Thursday, 29th May 2008. It will be presented by Tom Wengraf & Prue Chamberlayne of the London East Research Institute, UK. If you would like to attend on that date, please complete the attached registration form and return it to Anne Kearney in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work ( ).

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12/03/2008: Postgraduate Fair

The School is holding a Postgraduate Fair on Wednesday 12th March at 5pm in G026, 6 College Park. Come along to the fair to find out:

  • What Masters/Diploma courses can I do?
  • What about PhD research?
  • What are the funding possibilities?
  • How do I apply?
  • What is the deadline?

Meet staff, discuss your ideas and have a glass of wine.

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07/02/2008: Annual 'A' Level Sociology Conference
The School will be holding it's Annual 'A' Level Sociology Conference on Thursday 7th February 2008 in the Whitla Hall. This year's theme is "Doing Sociological Research: Dilemas and Compromises" and the speakers include Prof Madeleine Leonard, Mike Tomlinson, Gary Potter and Robb Webb from the AQA Board of Examiners. For more information about the topics consult the conference . must faxed to 028 9097 3943 by Monday 10th December 2007.

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Thursday 7th February 2008

The Whitla Hall



Welcome and introduction: Madeleine Leonard

 10.45am  Participatory Methods in Research with Children 
Madeleine Leonard
 11.15am The Trouble with Suicide:  Issues for Sociological Research
Mike Tomlinson
 11.45am Finding out about Crime and Criminals: Cannabis growing in the Field
Gary Potter
12.15 – 1.30pm  LUNCH
 1.30pm 'AS' and 'A' Level Dos and Don'ts:
Mr Rob Webb, AQA Board of Examiners
 2.30pm   Close

Notes on Conference Speakers

Madeleine Leonard is a Professor in the School.  Her research interests are in the sociology of childhood and she is particularly interested in creative and participatory methods of including children in the research process.  She has carried out a number of research projects with children including children’s participation in paid and unpaid work, children’s experiences of doing the 11plus and children’s experiences of growing up in divided societies.  She is part of a research team looking at Belfast and Jerusalem as divided cities and she is currently researching children’s experiences of Belfast as a divided city.

Mike Tomlinson is Head of School.  His research interests lie in two main areas: economic marginalization and social control.  He has worked on unemployment, poverty and inequality.  He was part of a team that completed the first ever Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern Ireland.  Evidence from the PSE survey informed a subsequent research project, commissioned by the Combat Poverty Agency, on the international evidence surrounding the relationship between poverty and armed conflicts.  His latest research involved a systematic review of the literature on mental health, suicide and armed conflict.

Gary Potter is a lecturer in the school.  He went to the University of Sheffield to study law before focusing on criminology in his postgraduate studies.  His PhD looked at cannabis cultivation in the UK and the changing nature of the British drug market brought about by the proliferation of domestic cannabis production.  He has written on various aspects of public attitudes in Family Law.  His interests continue to lie with drug use and drug markets, but he is also interested in altruistic crime and novel research methods.   
Webb, Rob is Chief Examiner for AQA ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level Sociology with a major awarding body.  He regularly presents courses for Sociology teachers and speaks at student conferences and has written extensively for AS/A level teachers and students.  His publications for students include a forthcoming new edition of AS level Sociology (pub. Napier Press), with Hal Westergaard, Keith Trobe and Liz Steel; Exam Practice AS Sociology; Do Brilliantly A2 Sociology AS Revision Notes and A2 Revision Notes (all pub. HarperCollins); and Student Revision Guides for Crime and Deviance and Education (pub. Quainet).  He is a regular contributor to Sociology Review. 


21/09/2007: Meeting the Needs of Families Living with Autism

Parents Education as Autism Therapists, in collaboration with the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast, will present this special one day conference to disseminate the results of critical research that has been carried into the needs of families living with Autism in Northern Ireland. The 12 month project was funded by the Royal Irish Academy and is the first detailed large-scale study involving families and professionals in Northern Ireland. Furthermore, Professor Bob Remington, Southampton University will present the results of the SCAmP project, a UK based study into early intensive intervention using ABA.

This one day conference is a must for parents and professionals who care about the future of Autism provision in Northern Ireland and will be held in the Wellington Park Hotel Belfast. To register, please download and complete the registration formand return to Peat before Friday 14 September 2007.

For further information contact Dr Karola Dillenburger, BCBA at

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19/03/2007: Exploring Interfaces between Research and Practice

A conference entitled "Exploring Interfaces between Research and Practice" will take place  in The Peter Froggat Centre on Wednesday 19th March 2007. The aim of this Conference is to provide social work and social care practitioners and managers with an overview of contemporary research currently or recently carried out by social work staff within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. A full programme & registration form will be available online shortly.

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