A question of social science: young people test their knowledge

Article dated: 25 October 2011

Comedian and actor James Redmond will be wowing local sixth-form students who take part in a special quiz on 1 November 2011 with at the UK Data Archive.

Redmond, who made his name in TV programmes Casualty and Hollyoaks, will be celebrity question master at a social science quiz organised by as part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

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The Festival is a nationwide programme of events running from 29 October to 5 November 2011 showcasing the country's leading social science research and their relevance in today's society. It is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Around 60 students from local schools and sixth forms will take part in the quiz at the UK Data Archive on 1 November. The teams will be welcomed by Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex. They will also hear from Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor David Sanders, renowned for his work as a political scientist.

The winning teams will be presented with prizes of Amazon vouchers for their school or college, thanks to funding from the ESRC. They will also have an opportunity to experience the University of Essex campus and to learn a bit more about student life.

Students will be attending from schools and sixth forms in Colchester, Clacton, Braintree, Bury St. Edmunds, Sudbury and Ipswich.