- Sociology student April-Louise Pennant, named 2015 Kent Student of the Year, accepting her award at the gala ceremony in May
- BA Social Policy achieved a top ten position in the Complete University Guide league tables - www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk
- An impressive 95% of BA Social Policy students at Kent were satisfied with the quality of the course, according to the National Student Survey 2014
- 90% of our Sociology students found employment or went onto further study within six months of graduating in 2014 (Source: Unistats)
- In the Guardian University Guide 2015 league table for Social Work, Kent is ranked 8th in the UK
Our School is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
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Dr Marian Duggan discusses 'gay cake' bakersDr Marian Duggan discusses the issues surrounding the court case involving Ashers, the Christian-run bakery in Northern Ireland. Dr Duggan has written extensively on homophobia including the 2011 publication Queering Conflict: Examining Lesbian and Gay Experiences of Homophobia in Northern Ireland. Listen to the discussion on BBC Radio Leicester here (@10.00): http://ow.ly/N8YLu
Outstanding sociology student is Kent Student of the YearThe 2015 Student of the Year is April-Louise Pennant, who has just completed her final year on the Sociology with a Year in Hong Kong course. The University celebrates extracurricular student achievement by recognising students who go above and beyond in a number of activities and initiatives that benefit others. Students were nominated in 13 categories this year and the overall ‘Student of the Year’ chosen from the category w...
Youth Online Understanding Radicalisation SurveyNational Counter Terrorism Policing HQ have asked the Centre for Child Protection to assist in promoting their Youth Online Understanding Radicalisation (YOUR) Survey as widely as possible, to enable them to reach a sufficient sample size to draw reliable conclusions from the data. A letter explaining this from the National Co-Ordinator Prevent can be found here. The target audience for this survey is young people of secondary education age and beyond (11-25...
The 'street' in contemporary society join the debateThe streets of our towns and cities are taken for granted by most yet they are in many ways the measure of how civil and vibrant a community is. In recent years, many of the debates surrounding the quality of these have revolved around their apparent privatisation via new forms of surveillance, but there are many other debates besides, particularly the way these spaces are changing their social role in a 'superdiverse&...
Third Sector Impact - new blog for project updates and findingsPSSRU is part of a three year European Commission funded project, Third Sector Impact (TSI), looking at the impact of the third sector in Europe on the economy, social capital and trust, civic engagement, innovation and well-being (@TSI_EU). The UK team also includes the colleagues from the School for Social Policy Sociology and Social Research (@SSPSSR) at Kent and the Third Sector Research Centre at Birmin...
SSPSSR employability blogThe SSPSSR employability bulletin has now been changed to an all new SSPSSR employability blog. To receive the latest employability news, events and opportunities from our weekly blog you must subscribe to our blog. For more details go to: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/sspssremployability/
Bursary for DCGC candidate to attend BSC ConferenceThe theme for the 2015 conference is: 'Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery'. This reflects the spirit of Plymouth as a point of departure for numerous voyages of discovery. The British Society of Criminology (BSC) annual conference 2015 aims to take criminology on a reflexive and critical voyage that explores our ambivalence over the past, the present and the future. We are delighted to be supporting a bursary for one D...