Dr Sue Milne

Researcher, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, The University of Edinburgh

Beltane Fellow: 1 Dec 2009 – 30 June 2010

Sue Milne is a childhood sociologist with a specific interest in child-adult relations and relationships, including children’s participation in schools and in the adult world. She is based at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) which is a consortium research centre based at the University of Edinburgh, with partners at the University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, UHI Millennium Institute and the University of Stirling. In addition to producing research relevant to key issues in families and relationships, the centre promotes and facilitates a network for all those with and interest in research on families and relationships. The centre aims to make research more accessible for use by policy makers, practitioners, research participants, academics and the wider public.

The aim of Sue’s Public Engagement Fellowship was to work with a local education authority at officer and school levels to use the GLOW Intranet to disseminate the findings from the ‘Having a Say at School Research Project’. The findings of this research project, which mapped and examined the workings of pupil councils in state and independent schools (primary, secondary and special) across Scotland, suggest that pupil councils would benefit from improved communications between pupils and with staff within and beyond individual schools. During her public Engagement Fellowship Sue worked with pupils in a primary school and with officers at Edinburgh City Council to develop pupil council pages on GLOW.

Sue is now working on two other research projects:

  • Me and my befriender – a study of children’s views of their relationships with their adult volunteer befrienders with a particular focus on whether male befrienders can fill a gap in the lives of boys living in lone mother households. A  central aspect of the project has been involving key organisations in advising on the development of the research and working closely with individual befriending projects who will contribute to ideas for enabling the wider public – particularly potential volunteers, to engage with the research findings.
  • An Evaluation of the Personal Development Programme -The PDP offers outdoor based activities for the target group of 14-17 year olds who have a ‘significant’ risk of offending.



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