IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Two IOE projects awarded UCL Beacon Bursaries

21 April 2022

Two projects led by a student and a staff member from IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, have received funding from UCL Engagement to engage with public groups as part of research and teaching.

Tools and bowl of water prepared for clay modelling

Javiera Sandoval Limarí, Postgraduate Research Student and Teaching Assistant in IOE’s Department of Culture, Communication and Media will lead a project that will mobilise art engagement as a research methodology.

The other funded project, led by Dr Sara Bragg, will co-produce new knowledge about inequalities in school, working with campaign group Class Divide and young people aged 11-18 from East Brighton, an area of high poverty and low educational attainment.

Thinking With Our Hands – Pensando Con Nuestras Manos

Javiera Sandoval Limarí’s project connects UCL with AMPLA, a grassroots organisation of migrant women and mothers from Latin America, and Gasworks, a non-profit contemporary arts organisation.

The project will mobilise art engagement as a research methodology. It will do so through a series of workshops exploring clay modelling. These aim to create spaces for Latin American women to think together, connect as a community, and collectively explore their identities and experiences of migrant womanhood and motherhood.

The knowledge produced and the voices of participants will be disseminated through a collaboratively written zine which will be distributed both physically and digitally through social media.

‘At home at school?’ School experiences of young people in contexts of inequality. The role of sociological perspectives and creative (research) methods.

Dr Bragg will run creative workshops to gather accounts of young people’s school experiences, connect these to sociological research, and present the outcomes in accessible multi-media forms to wider audiences including local parents, schools and policy makers.

It is hoped the project will help schools become more welcoming environments for young people from disadvantaged communities. The workshop materials and approaches will be made available for re-use in other communities and contexts.


Photo by Anna Shvets via Pexels.