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The AHRC ECR Leadership Fellow, Dr Amalia Sabiescu is a Lecturer in Media and Creative industries at Loughborough University London. Her mentor for this Fellowship is Prof Jo Tacchi, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Loughborough University London. As part of the Loughborough University London research team, Holly L Hou, service designer and PhD student in Design at Loughborough University, is working as a Research Associate and Designer in this project.

The project is carried out in collaboration with cultural, non-profit and academic partners, including:

The Victoria and Albert Museum are offering a programme of events for young people, focusing on art, design, fashion, digital media, performance and architecture. The V&A’s Young People’s Team work with artists and designers to offer workshops, courses, career-focussed events and free festivals designed to encourage creativity, gain career insights and develop skills, knowledge and qualifications.

Coventry Boys and Girls Club, one of Coventry’s oldest charities, is a youth organisation that offers one of the best known local spaces for engaging children and young people in out of school sports, creative and interest-led activities. They currently run a diverse range of activities, that go from sports and martial arts to music production and recording. The space and activities offered by the Club keep young people off the streets, so they can learn to play and connect with peers in a safe but playful and exciting environment.

The Roma Project in Coventry has been functioning since 2010 as a charitable organisation, with a mission to promote the social inclusion, improved living conditions and greater social and economic participation for the Roma community in Coventry and Warwickshire. The Roma Project deliver a range of services to support and build the capacity of Roma people in Coventry and Warwickshire and work with partner agencies (e.g. local authorities, service providers, local police, etc.) to improve access to services for the Roma community. One of the statutory objectives of The Roma Project is to advance the education of Roma children and young people and contribute to empowering them to pursue confidently those education, work and career pathways that fulfil their aspirations.

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) is a research centre at Bournemouth University, based in the Department of Journalism, English and Communications, which has been awarded the Centre for Excellence status in 2004 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). To date, it is the only Centre of excellence in media education in the UK, funded by HEFCE. The centre includes a multidisciplinary team of researchers whose remit spans media and creative education, learning innovation through digital technology and creative approaches, participatory media and digital storytelling.

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