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Hello from Director of Student Experience & Progression

andreceltelDr André Celtel

"I'm pleased to hear that you're thinking about studying Sociology here at The University of Warwick, and I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and to tell you a little bit more about our Department. As Director of Student experience and Progression (DSEP) for Sociology, I'll be one of the people that 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 that we currently offer (16/17 academic year teaching), cover topics such as: gender, sexuality, race, religion, capitalism, the media, crime, war, the body, health, educational inequalities, to name a few, and all encourage you to cultivate your '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 just want you to 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 in your final year, where you can delve deeply (it's 10,000 words long!) into a topic you're particularly interested in and showcase all of the academic and research skills acquired throughout your degree.

In addition, you'll have chance to apply to be part of the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme, and if you're successful, you'll receive a bursary to carry out independent research during a summer vacation. Last summer, I supervised two successful URSS projects. One based on fieldwork in Sweden, the other on fieldwork in New York. And you might even get chance to 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 all the very best for your studies, and I really hope to see you in our department in the autumn term."


Student views

"On a typical Monday, I wake up at 9am and get myself ready for the day. Then I’ll usually complete some of my reading, prioritising my reading in terms of when things are due in. After roughly 3 hours of studying, I enjoy painting and writing songs and playing guitar.

Then after my morning, I get ready for my 2pm lecture in the humanities building.

After this, I go to the gym and work out for a couple of hours, then return home for work and relaxation of course!"

~ Rosie Cheshire, BA Sociology (1st year)