ESRC Festival of Social Science 2022
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The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022, the festival is an opportunity for our researchers to engage with non-academic audiences, increasing awareness of the impact of social science on society and the economy. It is an opportunity for the audience to meet the researchers, engage in research activities and potentially influence research.
A key theme for the 2022 festival is ‘my local area’ so events will explore how social science research impacts on our community. 
The University has participated in the festival since 2014 and our previous events can be viewed via the ERSC Festival homepage weblink above.
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About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of research and knowledge about humans and society. It’s an opportunity for anyone to explore topics relating to social science – from health and wellbeing to crime, equality, education and identity – through events run by researchers from UK universities. There’s no cost to attend, and most are open to everyone, though some are aimed at specific groups.
WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE?
The term social science covers a broad range of subjects relating to society, communities and people, including economics, psychology, sociology, management and business studies, law, economic and social history, politics and human geography, among others.
The events shaping our world – from Brexit and the pandemic to geopolitical tensions and civic protests – reveal how social science is more key to understanding the world than ever. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all every day – at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, from the personal and local, to the national and global level. Our broad range of subjects are working to help our understanding of these complex areas.
FESTIVAL AIMS
  • To encourage, support and create opportunities for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audiences
  • To promote and increase awareness of the social sciences and ESRC-funded research
  • To promote and increase awareness of the contribution social science makes to the wellbeing and the economy of society in the UK
  • To enable the public to engage with social science research
  • To engage with teachers and young people and to raise their awareness of the social sciences
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The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st-century society.
You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society.
Everyone – from schoolchildren to politicians – can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.
Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

About the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues and supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society. 
At any one time ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. 
Visit the ESRC’s website to learn more about the insights they are providing.
 

Follow the ESRC Festival of Social Science on Twitter at #ESRCFestival or visit the ESRC festival website for further information.

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