Students Staff

25 July 2014

“Fantastic” summer school hailed a success

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Communications Office @ 12:04 pm
22nd Legal Adviser of the US Department of State Harold Hongju Koh gave the keynote address

22nd Legal Adviser of the US Department of State Harold Hongju Koh gave the keynote address

Positive feedback from human rights students and practitioners who attended the first Essex Human Rights Centre summer school has inspired our researchers to start planning next year’s event.

The Essex summer school, which focused on how using the right research methods can improve funding opportunities and bring about change to policy and practice, attracted over 50 participants from around the world.

Feedback comments included: “It exposed me to new methods/ideas and improved and built on my existing knowledge.”

Another participant said: “The Course was really fantastic, very well thought out and planned… Well done on your fantastic initiative.”

Speaking afterwards, Lorna McGregor, Director of the Human Rights Centre, said: “This was our first year of running the Summer School in Human Rights Research Methods and we could not be more delighted with how it has gone.

“We had over 50 human rights practitioners and researchers attending from all over the world as well as a very distinguished faculty. The week had so many highlights with really thought-provoking seminars as well as fascinating discussion and insights from the participants who brought so much to the School. It was also a lot of fun!”

She added: “ We have already started the planning for next year when we will be adding a second thematic week on cutting-edge human rights issues in addition to the first week on human rights research methodology.”

Participants learnt how honing their research skills can help attract funding, ensure their research findings stand up to criticism and challenge and enhance their impact. Participants will learn everything from interviewing victims to researching in repressive and post-conflict states to using socio-economic statistics in their research.

View photos from the Summer School on our Flickr account

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