Meeting a princess

So, I met HRH Princess Anne, the patron of NIACE. Here’s how the COMPAS website reported it.

Ben Gidley speaks to HRH Princess Anne on citizenship

12 December 2011

On 8 December Ben Gidley spoke at the NIACE event ‘Making a difference: Learning for citizenship in the 21st century’ in the presence of HRH Princess Anne.

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) conference highlighted the role of learning – both formal and informal – in shaping how and why we can become active citizens in the 21st century.

Drawing on the perspectives of learners, practitioners, policy makers and researchers, the conference explored what it means to ‘participate’ as a citizen, examining the types of learning that foster civic activity, social networking, political processes and community life.

Ben Gidley, one of seven speakers, presented on “Who are the UK’s new citizens?”, presenting research conducted with Birkbeck, University of London on the Integration and Citizenship project. The research surveyed a large sample of people who applied for British citizenship last year, and conducted in-depth follow-up interviews with some of them.The research explored their journey from arrival to settlement to citizenship, their experiences of the naturalisation process (including the Life in the UK test), and their integration in terms of social interaction, local belonging and feelings of Britishness.

The event was attended by HRH Princess Anne, who is patron of NIACE.

Chris Taylor of NIACE was a particularly helpful member of our advisory board for the Integration and Citizenship project, which was funded by the European Union.

About bengidley

Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. View all posts by bengidley

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