Success of Sociology Highlights the Breadth of Expertise in POLSIS

The Sociology Programme has been located within POLSIS since 2010. Although a small unit, the Sociology Team has been successful in addressing the particular and distinctive needs of the programme, and has been praised by students and externals examiners for its intellectual continuity. The success of the team underlines the benefits of a small group of dedicated staff and students within a large civic university. Indeed, the Sociology Team prides itself on its high and individually tailored quality of personal, pastoral and careers support.

There have been some notable innovations in recent years:  the introduction and revision of a number of modules that have proven popular with students, the negotiation of a pathway with Social Policy on ‘Criminology’, successful collaboration with HSMC to deliver a module on ‘Health and Illness’, establishing a new Joint Honours Sociology and Education BA Programme, embedding the MA Social and Political Theory jointly delivered with POLSIS, and significantly improved NSS results for 2013-14: Sociology achieved a 93% score on teaching and 89% satisfaction overall. The Sociology team, however, is not resting on its laurels. For example, it is designing a new MA Sociology Programme.

A unique part of Sociology at Birmingham is its active student population. Final year student Joseph Taylor was recently named one of Birmingham’s Top 12 Alumni to watch, and the Sociology Society was short-listed for the ‘Outstanding New Society’ award at Guild Awards 2015. The Society holds academic, careers and social events as well as facilitates the student ‘parenting’ scheme. Last month the Society hosted a very successful speed-dating style networking event with 7 Birmingham alumni from a variety of different fields sharing their experiences and top tips for employability with nearly 50 students.

What careers advice would you give students? The Alumni Relations and Careers Network teams are looking for alumni to give informal advice, attend networking events or offer mentoring. If you are interested in getting involved contact socscialumni@contacts.bham.ac.uk.