Date & time

Wed, 8 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Imperial College London
Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus
London, SW7 2AZ

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About this day

For A-level students

Enjoy a cutting-edge day of Sociology, exploring social inequality, crime, education, identity and more…

We are running another outstanding enrichment day for enthusiastic A-level Sociology students this autumn.  The programme will address a range of challenging and powerful questions on how society is organised and the factors which influence our choices and how we experience life.  Topics will include crime and deviance, race and identity, health, disability, education and the media. We are delighted to announce that political writer and columnist Matthew Parris will be speaking.  We are delighted that Dr Craig Webber from the University of Southampton will introduce and chair the day. There will also be a lunchtime session to enable students to achieve maximum exam success.

Programme & speakers

Bias in the media: new and old Matthew Parris, Journalist, columnist and writer

We are aware of bias in national newspapers, and even in broadcasting. When it comes to the digital world, do we have less of an instinctive sense or feel for bias? Matthew Parris will explore this fascinating and topical issue.

Matthew Parris

About Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a journalist, radio and television broadcaster and columnist for The Times and The Spectator. He is also a prolific writer, having authored a large number of books, mainly related to politics. He was previously a Member of Parliament and his columns are considered essential reading for many in Westminster. In 2015 he won the British Press Award for Columnist of the Year. He once jumped into the Thames to rescue a dog, for which he received a RSPCA medal.

Why educate?: a sociological perspective on the role of school in the UK Cath Lambert, University of Warwick

Cath Lambert takes a lively, sociological look at the development of schooling, asking how and why we have the current structure, policies, curriculum and types of school that we have now. How have politics and economics shaped our educational system? What might different theories tell us about the role of education? And could (or should) it be done differently?

Cath Lambert

About Dr Cath Lambert

Dr Cath Lambert, Associate Professor of Sociology at Warwick University, leads the department’s Culture, Media and Representation Research cluster. In 2010 she was awarded a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of education, gender and social and political change.

Crime and the criminal justice system: risk factors and rehabilitation Marian Fitzgerald, University of Kent

In this absolutely fascinating session, Dr Marian Fitzgerald will describe the characteristics of the sorts of individuals who are the most likely to become involved in criminal activity AND to be brought into the criminal justice system as a result.  She will look critically at the dangers of treating individuals who share these characteristics as if all of them were equally ‘at risk’ of offending; and, in questioning political expectations that the criminal justice system itself will reduce re-offending, it will leave students to consider a number of wider questions about the politics of law and order.


Marian Fitzgerald

About Dr Marian Fitzgerald

Marian Fitzgerald is Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent Crime and Justice Centre. She was formerly a Principal Researcher in the Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate.  She is a renowned expert and regular commentator in the media on the causes and reporting of crime.

'Dismantling the Master's House': an issue of race Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman PhD, Black Studies Research Cluster, Birmingham City University

In 1979, Professor Audre Lorde delivered a speech in which she argued that ‘The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House’. Drawing upon recent undergraduate teaching, Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman will seek to grasp what Professor Lorde meant.  In doing so, this session will explore how and why issues of race and ethnicity inform such a wide range of sociological areas.

Nathaniel Adam Tobias <s>Coleman</s> PhD

About Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman PhD

Dr Coleman taught social philosophy at UCL and Wadham College, Oxford. He participated in decolonial social movements.  He was appointed Britain’s first Research Associate in the philosophy of race at UCL and in 2015 was named UCL Online Communicator of the Year. Dr Coleman is currently co-producing, from a Black Brummie perspective, answers to the question ‘Why is “slavery” wrong?’

What’s so sociological about disability? Tom Shakespeare, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Tom will show how ‘disability’ is ripe for sociological analysis, from the point of view of medical sociology, social policy, cultural sociology, or political sociology. But it’s not just an academic issue,  it’s about changing lives and transforming the world.

Tom Shakespeare

About Professor Tom Shakespeare

Tom Shakespeare is a Professor of Disability Research. His primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and social and ethical aspects of genetics. He has focused on qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face and led projects about disability and sexuality.