Young people to share thoughts on Europe


28 January 2015

Two of Aston University’s Research Centres, InterLanD and the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), have won a grant from the European Commission in the UK to run a series of events that explore young people’s views of Europe at a time of radical change.  

The UK’s relationship with Europe is coming under increasing scrutiny and, with the growing support for UKIP, our membership of the EU is likely to be a hot topic in the run up to the General Election in May. But a hot topic for whom? Does Europe matter to young people? What do they think about being in or out of the EU? How much do they know or care about the pros and cons of EU membership?  

InterLanD and ACE are keen to find out what young people in Birmingham, a multi-cultural, superdiverse and young city, think about what the politicians here are saying about the UK and Europe,   what’s happening across Europe and the likely impact of these events on life in the UK. 

The series begins with ‘HEAR ME OUT’ an open-door event for young people on Thursday 29 January between 3.00pm  and 6.00pm at Bournville College, Longbridge. The Award-winning social enterprise, Beatfreeks, founded in Birmingham by Aston graduate, Anisa Haghdadi, will be running conversations, workshops and there will also be performances and live music. 

The second event takes place at The Drum Arts Centre in Aston on Thursday 19 February starting at 6.30pm. This is aimed engaging with young people from the area and will be presented by Little Miss Creative, an innovative social enterprise founded by Selina Brown.  

The two events provide a platform for young people’s voices to be heard from different communities across the city and their views will be fed back to an expert panel of speakers at Aston University on 26 February.  


For more information, contact Jill Robinson,  InterLanD, Aston University

Tel: 0121 204 3577 or 07904 265941 or