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The blog is designed to be a space in which staff, students, alumni from the School of Social and Political Science can interact and share experiences.

Our aims are to give a flavour of the culture and personality of our School and to help our students and graduates keep in touch with the School and each other. It is regularly updated with posts from academic staff and with alumni stories – first-hand accounts by our graduates of their experiences and professional journeys. We also provide links to useful online journals, blogs, jobs and other news.

Our Head of School Jacqui Briggs writes:

The School of Social and Political Sciences constitutes a vibrant academic teaching and research community. Located within the College of Social Science, the School is composed of almost forty members of academic staff; indeed, over the past twelve months, the School has recruited six new members of staff, including a Distinguished Professor of Social Research, Professor Steve McKay. Within the School, the following degrees are taught: Criminology, International Relations, Politics and Social Policy, and from September 2014, Sociology. These can be studied as single honours or alongside certain other key subject combinations, either from within our School or from outside, for example, Law and Politics; Criminology and Forensic Investigation; Social Policy and Management. At postgraduate level, the School offers an MA in Globalising Justice, alongside the opportunity to study for postgraduate research degrees – including masters, MPhil and PhD levels.


All members of the School’s academic staff are research active and topics currently being investigated include: e-petitions, the security and intelligence services, citizenship, youth participation, Chinese Politics, Russian politics, community cohesion, ageing societies, amongst many others. Pedagogy is of key interest to the School and current projects in this area include a focus upon the process of feedback, employability and also upon the provision of open educational resources.


The School is particularly proud of its many alumni and holds regular alumni evenings where our current students hear from and mingle with our alumni. These include, a serving Member of Parliament and a county-wide Head of Probation Service, amongst others. Regular guest lectures provide an opportunity for the School to engage beyond academia, these have included politicians, practitioners and those working in the third sector. Finally, many students take advantage of the opportunity to spend a semester or a year abroad studying cognate/allied subjects that form part of their final degree. These and many others aspects combine to make the School of Social and Political Sciences a truly exciting place to critically engage, study and research.


Dr Jacqui Briggs Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences. June 2013

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