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CLOSER will present at the ESRC First Year Student Conference taking place at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday 29th January 2015.

The Conference offers a full programme of presentations and workshops, delivered by renowned academics covering topics including:

• Making the most of your studentship
• Research and the media
• Getting creative with impact
• How technology is transforming scholarly practice
• Longitudinal resources

Meghan Rainsberry, CLOSER Communications Manager, and Samantha Parsons will be presenting on “Everything you always wanted to know about longitudinal resources* (*but were too afraid to ask)”.


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    Samantha Parsons,

    Research Officer

    Much of Sam's research experience has involved working with two of Britain's longitudinal birth cohorts, the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). Her primary research interests are the antecedents and consequences of poor adult basic skills, social exclusion and socioeconomic disadvantage.

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    Meghan Rainsberry,

    Communications Manager

    Meghan Rainsberry is the Communications Manager for CLOSER and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS). She is responsible for communicating the value of the British birth cohort studies to researchers, funders, policy makers, participants and the general public. She has extensive experience in developing impact and communications strategies, policy engagement, and communicating research through press, events, websites and social media.

    Meghan is the 2015 winner of the UCL Institute of Education's Director Prize for Public Engagement. She holds an MSc in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics, where she specialised in community engagement and public health.