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Cyberbullying Project Secures Erasmus+ Funding

Stranmillis University College has been successful in gaining €291,359 from the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships Fund to lead a cross-national project focusing on cyberbullying in schools. 

Dr Noel Purdy, Director of Research and Scholarship at Stranmillis, will lead the two-year “Blurred Lives” project, working closely with four other experienced EU anti-bullying experts: Prof Peter K Smith (Goldsmiths, University of London), Prof Antonella Brighi (Università di Bologna, Italy), Dr Trijntje Völlink (Open Universiteit, Netherlands) and Prof Herbert Scheithauer (Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany). 

The project is innovative in its focus on cyberbullying among young people in five different regions of the European Union, but also in its aim to be co-participatory, involving, training and empowering young people as co-researchers.  In seeking to work with young people from a range of lower socio-economic backgrounds across Europe the study also aims to explore how these young people in particular understand, experience and respond to cyberbullying.  The projects aims to provide accessible, up-to-date resources for teachers, pupils and parents/carers, and will make important recommendations to social networking providers.

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

The project is funded under Key Action 2 School Education Strategic Partnership of the programme.

Principal Investigator, Dr Noel Purdy, explained: “We are delighted to have been successful in attracting this significant EU funding for such a timely, important project.  With such an experienced international team involved, I am confident that the outcomes of the Blurred Lives project will improve the lives of many hundreds of young people in schools right across Europe”.

To watch a short video in which the researchers introduce themselves, go to:

For more information about the Blurred Lives Project, please contact: Dr Noel Purdy at or 028 90384305

For more information about funding opportunities visit, or use the hashtag #epluspeople to see what other projects are doing across the UK.



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