Category: Student blogposts

Instagramming the Infantry: gender and the British Army on social media

By: Alex Starling, BA Sociology student This blogpost has been written following Alex’s experience on our Level 6 Professional Experience module, working alongside Dr Natalie Jester  and Dr Charlie Parker on a project entitled project ‘Instagramming the Infantry: gender…

The Stigma Behind Mental Health in the British Army

By: Lauren Davies, BA Sociology student This blogpost has been written following Lauren’s experience on our Level 6 Professional Experience module, working alongside Dr Natalie Jester on a project that explores the representation of gender in British Army…

The Stigma of Poverty and Unemployment

By: Abbie Eaton, BSc Criminology and Sociology student We live in a society where we are socialised to determine success based on our job positions and our financial income. Those who are unable to conform to these ideas…

Missing White Woman Syndrome, what is it and why does it exist?

By: Hannah Lewis, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Binge watching new shows on streaming sites has become a favourite past time for many and a large amount of the population excitedly tuned in recently for the return of…

Class of Covid-19: The disruption to education

By: Chloe Bunce, BA Sociology student The Coronavirus pandemic introduced unforeseen challenges; the education system was greatly impacted to the extent that school closures occurred. Social theorists such as Imogen Tyler see societal institutions as ‘stigma machines’ with…

The ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ – but only for certain Gentlemen?

By: Lewis Keenan, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Allegations within the last two years has led to public knowledge of the deep rooted and seemingly institutional racism within the structure of English cricket. The lack of diversity at…

See Something? Say Something! Child Criminal Exploitation Awareness

By: Angharad Davies, PhD student In 2021 5,468 referrals were made to the National Referral Mechanism[1] regarding Child Exploitation in the UK. 2,689 of those were made in relation to Child Criminal Exploitation. Home Office (2022) On March…

Hungry Britain: how austerity and stigma help explain the rise in food insecurity

By: Nikki Rodgers, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Around 10% of the British population is food insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient amount of food. Although the UK government do not have…

The Return of the Dual Burden – Home-schooling during Covid-19

By: Charlotte Dicks, BSc Criminology and Sociology student In understanding why women are mostly being left responsible for home schooling children during COVID-19 lockdowns, it can be useful to look at Hochschild’s theory of the dual burden. According…

Brexit: An Illusion of Grandeur and the Influence of Social Exclusion

By: Cameron McKie, BA Sociology student Brexit. Arguably the most important and divisive decision most of the UK will have faced in their lives regarding British foreign policy. The issues surrounding the Brexit vote are as diverse as…