Our report on learnings from Covid-19 for supporting minority communities is out

Hot off the press! Our report on Covid-19 innovation in supporting Scotland’s migrant and minority ethnic communities is now out. The report is based on our spin-off project – an expert review funded by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group set up by the Scottish Government. The study found that third-sector organisations in Scotland led the way in communication and outreach to migrant and minority ethnic populations during the pandemic, with numerous examples of innovation and best practice to build on in improving public service provision. The full report can be found HERE.

Event on service provision for migrant & minority ethnic communities

Save the date! Our event on public and third-sector service provision for Scotland’s migrant and minority ethnic communities during Covid-19 is taking place 10am-1pm on 25 October 2022 at the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh. The aim of the event is to discuss findings and policy implications from our expert review carried out for the Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group. The event is free, but registration is required due to the limited number of places. For more details and to register, please check out our Eventbrite page HERE. We hope to see you there!

Our second dissemination event

Learn about our research! Our second dissemination event is taking place 4-5:30pm on 30 September 2022 at the Clapham Library in London. The aim of the event is to share our key findings and policy recommendations. The event is free, but registration is required due to the limited number of places. For more details and to register, please check out our Eventbrite page HERE. We hope to see you there!

Traveling photo exhibition inspired by our study

Save the date! Spaces of (dis)connection: Migrant essential workers, a traveling exhibition inspired by our study is coming to Birmingham, London, and Scotland! The exhibition is a result of an exciting collaboration with Centrala, an internationally renowned centre for Central and Eastern European art and artists. It features the work of 3 well-established visual artists of Polish origin: Małgorzata Dawidek, Sylwia Kowalczyk and Paulina Korobkiewicz.

Image by Paulina Korobkiewicz

The artists will each present original artwork inspired by the stories of our research participants: Polish essential workers in the UK. The exhibition will kick off with an official launch in Birmingham and London (all welcome, do come along!) and will remain publicly available in each city. It will then travel to Scotland. Once it completes its journey, it will be digitised and moved online for all interested viewers.

Exhibition dates, launches, and locations:       

  • Birmingham: 3-24 Sept, Centrala, available during regular opening times
    • Exhibition launch: 2 Sept, 6-8pm. Address: Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT. More information here.
  • London: 1-14 Oct, Clapham Library, available during regular opening times
    • Exhibition launch: 30 Sept, 6-8pm. Address: Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB. More information here.
  • Edinburgh: 24 Oct – 8 Nov, Art27, available during regular opening times
    • Exhibition launch: 27 Oct, 6-8pm. Address: 40-42 West Crosscauseway, Newington, EH8 9JP.

Our policy recommendations

Hot off the press! We are thrilled to share two sets of policy recommendations targeting the UK and Scottish governments and respective health authorities. We wish to thank Prof. Robert Gawłowski, our project partners, and other public and voluntary sector organisations for helping out in their development. We are officially launching the UK recommendations at our first dissemination event on 17 May 2022, and the Scottish ones at a briefing session at the Scottish Parliament on 19 May 2022. Please, share them widely!

  1. Policy recommendations – UK
  2. Policy recommendations – Scotland

Our first dissemination event

Save the date! Our first dissemination event is taking place 10am-2pm on 17 May 2022 at the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh. The aim of the event is to discuss our key findings and policy recommendations. The event is free, but registration is required due to the limited number of places. For more details and to register, please check out our Eventbrite page HERE. We hope to see you there!

Watch our talk on using Facebook Ads for research

Our recent talk on using Facebook Ads for research is available on YouTube! The talk was delivered on 7 April 2022 as part of an excellent seminar series ‘Facebook as a research tool’ organised by Prof. Anja Neundorf and Dr Aykut Öztürk at the University of Glasgow. In the talk, we reflect on how we used Facebook Ads to recruit respondents for our online survey with Polish essential workers in the UK. With thanks to Anja and Aykut for organising this!

Spin-off project funded by Scottish Government

Fantastic news! We have secured approx. £30K from the Scottish Government research grant scheme for a new spin-off project exploring the needs of Scotland’s migrant and minority ethnic communities under Covid-19. The project that you can read about HERE, will support building a fairer Scotland by providing policymakers with expertise about the service provision needs of migrant and minority ethnic populations in COVID-19 recovery and future crisis planning. It is led by our own Dr Paulina Trevena. Details to follow!