Arts and Prosocial Research Group meeting | September, 2018 On Monday 24th September the Arts & Prosocial behaviour Group (APRG) met for their first meeting of the new academic year. This interdisciplinary group brings together academics, students, artists, and practitioners to explore how the arts (in its many forms) can nurture prosocial behaviour, acts of […]

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Artist Anna Ray reflects on the start of the ‘home‘ commission with mothers from Ashford. In my research for the ‘Home’ commission I have considered the wealth of making and artistry in Syria. The Syrian government gifted Queen Elizabeth II thirty yards of Nassan Brothers’ silk brocade for her wedding gown. Indigenous crafts can also […]

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I’ve been doing a social developmental Psychology PhD at the University of Kent in collaboration with People United for 2 and a half years now. My PhD focuses on how children develop positive emotions and how positive emotions can lead to positive behaviour. I’m especially interested in how children respond to moral, beautiful or virtuous […]

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Shazza Ali, research student (PhD) at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent, gives us a fascinating glimpse into her world. PhD life is pretty diverse. The aim of a PhD is to contribute to the existing pool of knowledge and so the core process involves reading papers to see […]

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People United’s CEO Tina Corri celebrates the highlights of launching our latest research report. Oh. What. A. Night. Wonderful people, lots of cake and some spine-tingling singing. And of course our new research report – which is now out in the world spreading our notion of radical kindness. Following years in the making (gathering content and […]

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Changing the World through Arts and Kindness proves arts experiences grow kindness, empathy, connections and self-efficacy Drawing on 10 years of robust quantitative and qualitative research around our projects, artist commissions and work in schools, we are delighted to launch our new research report Changing the World through Arts and Kindness: Evidence from People United […]

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Kimberley Griffin, People United’s work placement student reflects on recent pieces of work that illustrate the value of the arts. Kimberley has just completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Kent. I recently came across the newest report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Creative Health: The Arts for Health […]

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A summary of interesting research findings on inspiration, reflection and pro-social behaviour by PhD student Shazza Ali. Most of us enjoy watching television of some kind or another. Whether it’s a daily game show or soap opera, a weekly documentary or a film at the weekends, we often develop emotions towards the people on our […]

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Shazza Ali, research student (PhD) at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, at the University of Kent, ponders on what imagination means to her… Imagine if I’d left five minutes earlier or five minutes later… Imagine if I’d taken a different bus or a different route… Imagine if I hadn’t made that decision… Imagine […]

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People United’s Tom Andrews, Director of Advocacy and Support, discusses the layers of complexity involved when researching the role of arts in growing pro-social motivation. In June 2016, I attended an education conference hosted by the Royal Opera House Bridge organisation.  Set in grand surroundings of Hatfield Manor, we were greeted by the ebullient owner and […]

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