Josie Horton

Social Policy and Sociology

There is an amazing student community at Kent with lots going on and the opportunity to really get stuck in.

Why did you choose Kent?

It was a combination of it being a top university which was well respected for my course and the fact that Canterbury is such a beautiful city where I knew I would be able to make my home.

How did you find the course?

The course was varied and there were a wide variety of modules to choose from, so I was able to pick options that interested and suited me. My favourite modules included Mental Health, Sociology and Social Politics of the Family and Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice. I also appreciated that there was a much heavier focus on coursework rather than exams.

What was the level of support like in your studies?

At University the focus is on independent study and you are responsible for your own learning. But the academics have all been very encouraging and for the most part were very quick and happy to respond to any emails. I also know from my peers that the pastoral support available by Gill and the team is excellent.

Which part of the course most interested you?

For me, writing my dissertation was my favourite part of the course. I really enjoyed having the independence to conduct my own research and focus in depth on an area of my choice. I felt that all the skills I had learnt during the rest of the course had really prepared me well for that, particularly the Social Research Methods module which allowed me to do two mini qualitative and quantitative projects.

What about your lecturers?

Mostly my lecturers were engaging and encouraging. They provided us with essential overviews of the topic each week, which helped guide our independent reading.

How did Kent help with your future career plans?

The course provided me with an excellent degree and essential research skills and experience which will help me pursue my desired career in social policy research. In addition to the course itself, the opportunities I had at Kent to take on various leadership positions allowed me to develop crucial skills such as time-management, team work and communication which will be invaluable in the world of work.

How did you feel when you heard you had won a prize?

It was such a lovely surprise. It felt amazing that all the hard work I had put in over the past three years had been recognised in that way. But I really had not expected that out of the many students on the course I would be one of the few to win a prize.

What are you planning on doing next?

I am studying an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford starting in October.

How do you see your career progressing?

I will take it one step at a time. My hope is to one day be in a position where I am influencing government social policy. How I get there I am not yet sure. But the next step is to get my Master's and I will work out what comes next when I get there.

What would you say to someone thinking of studying at Kent?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kent. Canterbury is a beautiful city and the University is brilliant! There is an amazing student community at Kent with lots going on and the opportunity to really get stuck in. There is also great support available in your studies.  Kent is truly a place where you can excel in your studies as well as having a great social life and really growing as a person.