A NEW £120,000 partnership project between ManchesterMetropolitan University’s Centre for Youth Studies and the city’s youth justice services could help practitioners better support young people in the justice system.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is the first ever for the University’s Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science.
The KTP was devised by the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies as part of their Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership alongside the Youth Justice Board and the 10 youth justice services in Greater Manchester.
The partnership will concentrate upon improving practitioners’ capability to link theory to practice and developing trans-media approaches to engaging with young people. The KTP is worth £120,000 in funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Economic & Social Research Council (75% and 25% respectively).
Senior Lecturer in Sociology Graham Smyth, who will be the Knowledge Base Supervisor for the duration of the KTP, said: “We are delighted to be getting the support that comes with this award. This will be a huge shot in the arm to the work we are doing with the Greater Manchester Youth Offending Teams to help them make a real difference to young people across the area.”
Dr Hannah Smithson, Reader in Criminology and the lead academic on the project, said: “This is wonderful news as it demonstrates Manchester Met’s ability to secure cross-council funding and its commitment to knowledge exchange and partnership working within this area.
“The KTP is a great opportunity to cement the work of the partnership and will enable Greater Manchester Youth Justice Services to achieve their strategic goal of becoming a beacon region for innovation and excellence.”
The knowledge base team at Manchester Met are Graham Smyth, Dr Hannah Smithson and Dr Magdalena Bober.