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ENFOLDing Researcher wins £1000 funding prize

25 April 2012

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Dr Hannah Fry, Research Associate in the department of Mathematics and member of the ENFOLDing project at CASA has won the £1000 prize at the ‘Focus on the Positive’ event.

On Monday 23rd April Hannah presented alongside six other UCL researchers at Camden People’s Theatre at the ‘Focus on the Positive’ event, supported by EPSRC, to an audience who chose Hannah’s idea to raise awareness about the issues faced by young people from deprived backgrounds in London as worthy of the £1000 funding. The money will be used to make a short film interviewing young Londoners about their experiences and how they feel about the importance of youth services.

Hannah said "We have already managed to enlist the help of an award winning film maker who specialises in social and cultural documentaries, and a PR expert who will help us to generate media interest around the film, and are supported by a south London charity which provides services to young people across the city, including those who are deemed most at risk of offending."

Hannah’s idea developed against the backdrop of evidence found in the research done on the London riots through the ENFOLDing project.

Hannah stated ‘The kids who were involved in the riots came from some of the poorest areas of the city – areas with the worst crime records, highest unemployment rates and worst state schools, but also from boroughs worst hit by government cuts to youth services’. Read more about ENFOLDing’s work on the London riots here.

The event was organised by the UCL Public Engagement Unit. The next event will be held on 18 June. If you would like to take part please contact Hilary Jackson