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The University of Cambridge.

Upper sixth A level Sociology students met Notre Dame alumna Eloise Pearson at the end of March 2019.

Eloise is completing an MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. She attended Notre Dame from 2012 to 2014, studying A level Classics, English Language, and English Literature, attaining grades A, A* and A* respectively. Before coming to us, she went to St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy.

As part of her master’s degree, Eloise is completing a research project that focuses on the experiences of young women in terms of social media use. She was keen to speak to our female students, to find out their opinions on how social media posting affects their aspirations.

Eloise conducted one-hour focus groups with our students on 20 and 21 March. She showed our students trending images from the Instagram accounts of public figures, then asked them to respond. Students discussed a number of question prompts in relation to each picture.

The following week, Eloise returned to Notre Dame to carry out 20-30 minute interviews with the same students. Areas discussed included their social media posting habits, favourite blogs, and most used sites.