Social science challenge: Young people to test their knowledge

Article dated: 23 September 2012

Comedienne Hazel Humphreys will be testing the knowledge of sixth-form students who take part in a special quiz on 6 November 2012 at the University of Essex. ESRC Festival logo

Humphreys, who has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio Essex, Virgin Radio, The Weakest Link and BBC Mastermind, will be celebrity question-master at a social science quiz organised by the University's UK Data Archive and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its national Festival of Social Science.

The Festival is a week-long programme of events (3-10 November 2012) showcasing the country's leading social science research and its relevance in today's society. The festival demonstrates the many ways in which social science makes a difference – from shaping public policy to making the economy more competitive. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all every day - at work, in school, raising our children and within our communities.

Approximately 50 students from schools and sixth forms in Essex and Suffolk will take part in the quiz at the University's Colchester campus on 6 November. The teams will be welcomed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof David Sanders. They will also hear from Dr Aoife Daly, lecturer in the School of Law and the Human Rights Centre.

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 about university studies and student life.