Social Change for well-being

We believe that all of us go through these transitions. Our work involves researching and understanding the psychological, educational and sociological processes that are a part of these (e.g., self-esteem, resilience, emotional intelligence, self-determination). These transitions are exciting and motivating; however some find them challenging. The vulnerabilities of some groups increase their risk for negative outcomes during times of transition. We have found that some environmental factors can get in the way of positive transition experiences. This leads to our next theme, Bringing about Social Change for well-being which involves actively changing the environmental factors and systems that hinder the positive experiences.

MindJump Health and Well?being Programme: Evaluation and Development

This small-scale project set out to provide an independent evaluation of a recently developed health and well-being programme, MindJump, targeted at primary aged children. One class in each of two schools in the same local authority took part in the project. Staff were given training in the programme by the company director of MindJump. For a number of practical reasons, programme delivery in the classrooms was restricted to a few weeks towards the end of the summer term. Despite the short period of implementation, there was evidence of impact ...

  • Funding/Funder: Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher scheme

SMART Project

The SMART (Skill Matching Assistance and Reporting Tool) tool supports ICT-based teaching and learning as well as ICT-based assessment practices in the youth sector. ...

  • Funding/Funder: Erasmus Plus

Growing up in Protracted Crises: Refugee Youth Experiences of Transitions to Adulthood in Uganda & Jordan

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Some 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict affected areas across the globe (UNDP, 2016) and over half of refugee populations are under the age of 18 (UNHCR, 2016). As situations of crises become protracted, millions of children are growing up in contexts of civil war, political tensions, and environmental crises exacerbated by poverty. With a paucity of existing detailed information on the experiences of children and youth affected by protracted crises, this research has been structured to gather primary data directly from young ...

  • Funding/Funder: Department for International Development, UK