School of Education Seminar Series – Researching Young Offenders

Where: Francis Close Hall Campus, University of Gloucestershire. Room HC201

Cost: Free

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Educational interest

Researching Young Offenders: Navigating Methodological Challenges and Reframing Ethical Responsibilities with Dr Adeela ahmed-Shafi


FCH – HC201 Thursday 7th March 16:15 – 17:15


Dr Adeela ahmed-Shafi currently works as a Reader in the School of Education at the University of Gloucestershire, teaching on the BA Education and MA Education. Adeela is also leading on two Erasmus+ projects entitled ‘Re-engaging young offenders with education and learning’ and ‘Active Games for Change’, as well as supervising post-graduate research degrees. She has a background in Psychology and Research, and has previously worked with the Rwandan Ministry of Education on innovation in education.



Young offenders’ perceptions of their educational experiences are little researched not least because of methodological and ethical challenges. These include being difficult to access, questions on their reliability as interviewees and their ‘doubly vulnerable’ position, due to the secure locked context and their age. This talk draws on doctoral research, which sought to re-engage young offenders with education and learning whilst in a custodial setting, to discuss navigating such methodological challenges and managing emergent ethical responsibilities.


We look forward to seeing you all there and welcoming you to participate in the research community here at the School of Education. Places are free and can be booked here.