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First Star Academy at St Mary’s University: Empowering Foster Youth Through Education

Date:
Wednesday 02 October 2019
Time:
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue:
N44, St Mary's University

First Star was originally set up in the USA by film producer Peter Samuelson to address the education outcomes of young people in foster care, where for only 3% of care leavers attend university (6% in the UK).

The First Star Academy at St Mary’s University is the first in the UK. Its aim is to place young people in care into academies based on university campuses in order to:

support them academically to access - and flourish in - higher education; give them a sense of belonging in higher education; and teach them invaluable life skills.

Dr Iole Cozzone, as the Lead Researcher on the First Star Academy St Mary’s programme, presents an overview of the First Star Academy St Mary’s, its impact so far and the preliminary results of qualitative and quantitative data.  

One of the strands of the project on which she will focus analyses the changes in the narratives of self-awareness and self-description of the participants (How do they think of themselves? What does the label ‘looked after’ mean to them? How do they relate to the ‘First Star’ label instead? To what extent has it changed their self-perception?). Dr Cozzone will use discourse, content and imagery analysis, drawing on the dominant paradigms related to identity development for children and young people in care.

About the speaker

Dr Iole Cozzone is Research Associate for the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults in the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. Iole is the Lead Researcher on the project First Star Academy St Mary’s and her role is to investigate the efficacy, impact, and scalability of the project. 

Dr Cozzone was one of the first academics to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the charity Researchers in Schools (2015-2018). As part of that role, she was an Honorary Research Associate at King's College London specialising in Language Education for pupils from under-represented groups. As a qualified Modern Foreign Languages teacher, she also taught foreign languages across all Key Stages in challenging secondary schools in the South-West and West London.

Previously, she had been Associate Lecturer in Italian and Translation at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Exeter (2010-2015), where she was awarded her PhD in Translation Studies (focus on Poetic Translation) and the Associate Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.

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Date:
Wednesday 02 October 2019
Time:
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue:
N44, St Mary's University

Find out more

For more information about this event please email ozlem.erden@stmarys.ac.uk.

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