Stakeholder Event: School Engagement and Youth Transitions. Findings of the project

Disseminating new findings from the project Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe (, our team from the  Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University and the University of Sheffield organised a half day event on the 9th of June 2017. The event brought together stakeholders, policy makers and researchers working on education and school-to-work transitions at a European, national and local level, with a focus on London.

Delegates were welcomed by MP Stephen Timms, followed by an introduction to the project by Prof Louise Ryan. The research team then presented some of the findings of their extensive research:

  • Dr Alessio D’Angelo and Neil Kaye: Preventing NEET by promoting engagement at school. Insights from a large-scale survey of young people in London
  • Prof Louise Ryan and Magdolna Lőrinc: The Opportunities and Challenges of Apprenticeships in England: alternative learning arenas or sites of exploitation

This was followed by a panel of young apprentices who took part in the research, then a round-table discussion on the Challenges of youth transition, youth unemployment and NEET with:

  • Yolande Burgess – London Councils
  • Peter Mathews – Ealing Connexions
  • Elaine Runswick – Barnet Council with Cambridge Education
  • Shelagh O’Connor – New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Mary Vine-Morris – Association of Colleges
  • Laura Walsh – YMCA

For the conference programme, follow this this link.


The project Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe ( sought to investigate the patterns of and underlining reasons behind young people’s disengagement from education and leaving school without qualifications. In so doing, we have undertaken 5 years of intensive research with young people, schools, colleges, parents, employers, local authorities, NGOs, national and international policy makers. We have identified a range of complex challenges facing young people today, but also the diverse array of intervention measures put in place to support them.

The event represents a key stage in the development of the ‘Stakeholders Engagement Platform’ of and allows the research team to identify ways in which their research findings can have wider impact by informing the work of national and local education practitioners and policymakers.



Toolkit launch on 10 June 2016

Schooling in England: a toolkit for newly arrived migrant parents and practitioners working with migrants

The aim of this toolkit is to provide information and guidance to help migrant families and practitioners negotiate the school system and to suggest ways in which to support children settle into school and in progressing through primary school and the transition to secondary school.


1.00pm Registration and Lunch

1.30pm to 4.00pm Presentations

New Postgraduate Courses

Two new postgraduate programmes will be run by leading academics in the School of Law:

MA in Migration, Society and Policy

The postgraduate programme MA in Migration, Society and Policy will be hosted by the School of Law at Middlesex University. Based in the School of Law, this programme benefits from the contribution of internationally renowned experts on migration, asylum and ethnic diversity, who operate within prominent European and global networks of researchers and practitioners. Middlesex University has an outstanding reputation in conducting local, national and international research in this area, using interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. Many of our academics work as consultants and advisors for international organisations, community groups and the public and private sector, as well as contributing to the academic debate with cutting-edge publications and regular events.

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MSc in Social Research

The postgraduate programme MSc in Social Research Methods will be hosted by the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University. Members of the SPRC have national and international profiles as widely published scholars and researchers, many of them leading academics in their respective research fields. Their areas of research expertise encompass migration, religion, ethnicity and citizenship, gender and sexuality, social networks, human security and human rights, welfare changes, access to public services, health and education, inequalities and discrimination. The study programme draws specifically on their extensive interdisciplinary knowledge.

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Migration at Middlesex Seminars: Issues of Integration

The next seminar this term is on Issues of Integration which will be held Tuesday 16th February 2-4pm, room CG82 (College Building).

Integration’ is hotly debated by politicians and the media. But what does integration actually mean.  Three different approaches to this issue will be presented. We hope you will find the topic interesting and the discussion stimulating.

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Report launched at the House of Commons

New research launched at the House of Commons, shows a declining number of Irish people across England.

The report details the relative decline in numbers of Irish migrants coming to England since the 1990s due to the strength of the Irish economy and increased employment opportunities at home. However emigration from Ireland has started to increase since the recession and the collapse of the so-called ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy. This has helped replenish an ageing population of people who identify as Irish in Britain.

PhD Studentship

As part of Middlesex University’s ongoing investment in research, the School of Law is pleased to offer a fully funded research studentship in Social Policy and Education (specifically on areas including: Education Policy, Students Engagement, Early School Leaving, Youth Unemployment, NEETs) .

The deadline for receipt of applications is 11.59pm GMT on 19th December 2014. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

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