School of Education academic wins Best Educational Project award

Kate PahlAn academic from the Faculty’s School of Education has won the ‘Best Educational Project’ award at the 2016 Academic Awards evening hosted by the University’s Student Union.

The award was won by Kate Pahl, Professor in Literacies in Education, and principle investigator on the Imagine project ‘The Cultural Context’. The ‘Imagine: Connecting Communities through Research’ programme is a five-year consortium running from 2013 to 2017. It brings together a range of different research projects working together across universities and their, mostly local, communities. Using the new knowledge gathered, the programme aims to explore how communities might be different.

Imagine was nominated for the award by Zanib Rasool, a community researcher and Literacy and Language doctorate.

Rasool said: 'I nominated Imagine for this award because it has raised aspirations of community members especially females from minority ethnic background to consider higher education

“Imagine has created a platform where community knowledge is valued which is very empowering for the participants of the projects under Imagine.”

On winning the Best Education Project award, Pahl said: "I was delighted to receive the Best Educational Project award at the Student Union All Academic Awards.

“It came as a complete surprise, but also is a testimony to the fantastic team of researchers on Imagine, particularly to the work of Zanib Rasool in encouraging university community links, developing new widening participation projects and in pursuing a doctorate as a result of the project.

“We are proud to be an example of a diverse project bridging communities and the University. Thank you to the Student Union for selecting us. "

Outcomes of Imagine projects include investigating the challenges faced by young black and minority ethnic (BME) men, and a history of Pakistani women’s activism in Rotherham.

The regional partners of the project include The Hepworth Wakefield, Museums Sheffield, and the Site Gallery together with community partners in Rotherham including Rotherham Youth Service and local artists, poets and writers.

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