Let's Like Social Science
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    Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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The 'ilikesocialsciences' project aims to raise awareness of the social sciences to the general public.  

With support from the ESRC and Plymouth University, the Vertical Plus social media team are hosting a three stage project, which asks social sciences advocates (FE and HE students and lecturers) to talk about how their experience of social sciences has influenced or changed their perspective about themselves and the world around them. 

Project results will be displayed in this 18 day exhibition, which takes place before, during and after the Festival of Social Science.

Stage 1

  • Raising awareness of the event by contacting social science advocates (generally social science students). 
  • Students will think about how the social sciences have changed their lives and how this might be summarised in a few, very short words.

Stage 2

  • Advocates are asked to post or tweet their thoughts or quotes about the social sciences on Facebook and Twitter during a social media day on Wednesday 2 November. 
  • The activity aims to create specific growth and momentum to entice further advocates to join the project to make it 'trend' or 'go viral'. 
  • It is anticipated that the project team will post over 400 positive messages with advocates posting over 600 positive messages. 
  • Advocates will have a chance to win Amazon gift vouchers for participating.

Stage 3

  • Outputs from the social media day will be presented as part of an exhibition stand in the Roland Levinsky Building during and after the festival week.
  • The exhibition will include postcards with quotes from social science advocates showing the best outputs of the day.

The social media day and exhibition is open to all (no booking required).

View this event profile on the ESRC Festival website

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Biography: David Gadd

David Gadd is the CEO of Vertical Plus - an internet growth company which focuses entirely upon working with brands, projects and companies to help them grow online. He has put together a team of 22 growth specialists from a range of backgrounds all of them working in one way or another to help Vertical Plus clients achieve success. David is a social scientist making a very successful career in business and owes much of his success to key principles about human behaviour taught during his BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Research and then his ten years as a qualitative and quantitative social researcher in Plymouth, London and Australia.

Biography: Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is a social media specialist who is a recent recruit at Vertical Plus having graduated in International Business Management. She is a keen online engagement specialist running her own blogs on a range of subjects linked to online social media campaigns. Nicole will be organising the social media part of the project and helping to ensure the project gets the right amount of engagement at key moments.

Biography: Toby Gadd

Toby Gadd is helping to co-ordinate the project internally at Vertical Plus to give him valuable work experience and to use his own social media skills to spread awareness of the project. He is currently undertaking a games development course at City College Plymouth.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

(extract from the ESRC* website)

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.

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. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 is the 14th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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