Published: 8 November 2013 at 14:05
Anglia Ruskin project aims to discover views on EU policies and institutions
An ambitious project to discover young people’s views on the concept of Europe and the work of EU institutions is being launched by Anglia Ruskin University.
Youth Voice: Big EU debate will explore the priorities of 16-25 year-olds ahead of the 2014 European Parliament elections and any future referendum of the UK’s membership of the EU.
Using a combination of real-world and online approaches, the project will engage a section of the UK population which is seldom consulted on European affairs and which is less likely to consider how EU policies impact on their daily lives.
Youth Voice: Big EU debate is being organised by Anglia Ruskin in partnership with the Euclid Network, and is supported by UnLtd and the British Youth Council.
The official launch on Saturday, 9 November at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus will see young people from youth groups from across the East of England attend a seminar to discuss and debate the EU. Expert speakers include Filippo Addarii, Director of International Strategy at the Young Foundation, Chris Powers, President of Young European Movement, and Dr Craig Duckworth, an EU Economist at Anglia Ruskin.
The event will also feature the launch of a competition which will encourage young people to express their views on Europe by producing a two-minute video to address the question “How do you imagine Europe in 2050?”
The Youth Voice: Big EU debate project will also feature four pop-up workshops (in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff) and carry out a poll to identify the key issues related to Europe raised by young people.
The findings of the project will be presented to MEPs and key policymakers at an event at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus on 25 April 2014.
Dr Darren Sharpe, from Anglia Ruskin’s Childhood & Youth Research Institute, said:
Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack, Director of External Relations for the School of Politics, University of Surrey, said: