Richard Brindley - BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (2013)

What was the best thing about studying Sociology at Keele?

I would never have guessed how much Sociology at Keele University would influence me and the way it would shape me as a human being once I graduated. I had never studied Sociology until I came to Keele but the department supports you and I was made to feel like I could achieve anything, which in fact lead me to gain a higher class degree that I could of hoped for.

What do you feel you have gained from the Sociology course?

The department itself provides you with a foundation to delve into the mysteries of the world of sociology as you are made to think, question and research what interests you in particular, and that’s what I felt what most inviting. I often felt as though I was the only student in the department. But the department also made me feel as part of a team, which has benefited my career credentials immensely. I was also part of the Sociology Society, which was not only a great place to make friends, but also added an extra dimension to thinking about Sociology, for example by looking at films... where a few slices of pizza also helped to incentivise!

This would all be impossible without the staff in Sociology; they really make the department what it is. Each member of staff offers a different take on sociology, which gives you an invaluable incite into the ways in which you can to direct your learning and what you can achieve achieve post graduation. From the different electives to your own dissertation project, you can tailor your degree to your hearts content. The staff are always a phone call or knock on the door away, and although a dissertation sounds like a daunting prospect I assure you, with your dissertation supervisors on hand, this turns into a very exiting venture.

Overall the experience of doing sociology at Keele University has been fundamental in shaping my opinions about equality and opportunity. In fact the learning about issues like inequality has made me more socially aware and was instrumental in my decision to enter the teaching profession.

What advice would give an applicant / fresher about studying Sociology at Keele?

All I have left to say is embrace Sociology at Keele and this department will support every step of your journey at university.