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April newsletter

andre_celtel_picture.jpgCongratulations from André Celtel, Director of Student Experience and Progression

I’m pleased to hear that you’re thinking of studying sociology at the University of Warwick and wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to tell you a little bit about the department. As Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) in Sociology, I’ll be one of the people you’ll have quite a bit of contact with if you do decide to join us at Warwick.

Sociology is a fascinating subject to study at degree level. The modules we offer, covering topics such as gender, sexuality, ‘race’, religion, class, capitalism, the media, crime, war, the body, health and educational inequalities, to name a few, all encourage you to cultivate the ‘sociological imagination’ – the direct awareness of the relationship between individual experience and society that lies at the heart of sociology.

But at Warwick we don’t want you to just think like a sociologist, we want you to become a sociologist and produce your own sociological work. One opportunity for this is the undergraduate dissertation, where you can delve deeply (it’s 10,000 words long!) into a topic you’re particularly interested in and showcase all the academic and research skills acquired throughout your degree.

In addition, you’ll be able to apply to the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme for up to £1500 funding to carry out independent research during the summer vacation. I recently supervised two successful URSS projects, one based on fieldwork in Sweden and the other on fieldwork in New York. And you can even publish your research in the department’s very own undergraduate journal: Warwick Sociology Journal.

You’ll find a wealth of other opportunities at Warwick and what I enjoy most about my ‘Student Experience’ role is finding out what students really want to get out of their time at university and helping them make this happen, whether that’s getting access to excellent academic and employability skills training, research opportunities and internships, advice on studying abroad or opportunities for personal development.

Finally, I’d like to wish you the very best with your studies and hope to see you here in autumn!