Newman hosts International Seminar on Teaching Youth Work in HE

24/09/2018 by Hannah Jackson

Friday 21st September saw experts in Youth Work gather at Newman University, Birmingham for the International Seminar on Teaching Youth Work in Higher Education.

The seminar is a result of a two year international Erasmus + funded strategic partnership between Estonia; University of Tartu – Viljandi Culture Academy, University of Tartu – Nava College and the Estonian Youth Work Association, Finland; HUMAK University of Applied Social Sciences, and Newman University.

The seminar focused on sharing chapters and working methods before moving on to look at identifying inspirational moments in teaching youth work. Experts from within the field who attended included Annette Coburn from The University of the West of Scotland,  Adam Muirhead from the Institute for Youth Work, Mick Conroy University of South Wales, Eeva Sinisalo-Juha from Finland and Piri Eit from Estonia. For a full list of speakers see the International Seminar Programme.

Latest research on the education of Youth Work was discussed at the event at Newman University, including publication of the text book, due in April 2019, from Youth Work education in UK, Finland, Estonia.

The seminar was the first major international seminar to specifically address the issue of youth worker education from three partner countries. The seminar aimed to promote the text book as well as stimulate debate and discussion about the process of youth work education within the higher education field.

The event also saw the launch of the SAGE Handbook of Youth Work, a global tome which sees Newman University Lecturer, Pauline Grace as one of the contributors.