Released on 28 Feb 2012
Newcastle University street law project bolstered by Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant
Newcastle University’s proposal, submitted by Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth and Jenny Johnstone, impressed grant sponsors Oxford University Press, with its creative scope and commitment to furthering relationships between the law school and the local community.
The grant, funded by Oxford University Press, is an annual award of £1,000, established in memory of legal publisher Alistair MacQueen to provide financial support to a charitable outreach or pro bono initiative launched or developed by a UK law school.
Newcastle Law School’s project, currently a pilot scheme, aims to work with children and young people in the region to raise awareness of, educate, engage, and encourage participation in issues surrounding the legal system, children’s law and children’s rights. Twelve students have been selected to take part in the pilot project in 2012. The students, who have been trained in working with young people, will produce a range of informative materials on aspects of children’s law, and lead sessions with young people and their families to raise awareness of the law as it applies to them.
On receiving the grant, Jenny Johnstone said:
Newcastle Law School are delighted to receive the Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant in support of our pilot ‘children and young people street law’ project. This is the first stage of the project, which we hope to roll out and extend in future years. Getting external financial support at this early stage is a huge boost to us and will help to secure the future success of Street Law at Newcastle University.
The £1,000 grant will support the expansion of the project, allowing more students to attend relevant training with local youth workers, and benefiting a greater number of people. It will also enable the organizers to explore the possibility of setting up a ‘community information hub’, in-conjunction with local partners, through which a central database featuring information about local training programmes, apprenticeships, sporting and leisure activities available to children and young people in the area, can be developed.
All UK law schools are entitled to pitch for the annual grant. Visit the Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant webpages for further information.
Notes for Editors
For further information about the Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant please contact: Kate Smith email@example.com.
About the Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant:
The memorial grant was set up as a tribute to the late Alistair MacQueen.
Alistair MacQueen had a long and distinguished background in legal publishing, founding Blackstone Press in 1988.
Up until his untimely death in 2008, Alistair believed that giving something back to legal education was hugely important. This is demonstrated clearly through the various goodwill initiatives he was instrumental in setting up with law schools across the UK, many of which Oxford University Press took forward when it acquired Blackstone Press in 2001.
Last year’s winner:
The Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant for 2011 was awarded to Coventry University Law School. The grant supported a project which involved students making short public information films on legal topics, aimed at assisting the ageing population in the West Midlands by providing clear information on such matters as arranging a power of attorney and understanding consumer rights. The finished work will be offered to national charitable bodies (e.g. Age UK and CABs) and local councils to add to the work that they already do with these communities.
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford and is the UK’s leading publisher of legal educational materials. It furthers the University’s objective in excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.