Campaign begins work in schools

31 May 2013

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The Campaign is expanding its work by beginning promoting the social sciences to schools.

A Campaign staff member will talk about career prospects for social science graduates to students from two leading north London schools on June 18.

Roses Leech-Wilkinson, Campaign Administrator, will address 70 sixth-formers from the Sir George Monoux College, in Walthamstow, and Woodhouse College, in Barnet.

The event, at Sir George Monoux and organised by the school, will also feature:

• a taster on sociology by Dr Suki Ali, of the London School of Economics
• Sondhya Gupta, of the Runnymede Trust, holding an interactive session on ending racism, and talking about the Trust’s Stopwatch programme for accountable policing. Rob Berkeley, its Director, will also speak.
• an interactive session with students on poverty and youth gangs, run by Dr Stuart Isaacs, of London Metropolitan University

Roses’ talk is the start of the Campaign’s work with schools, which we hope to develop further by offering information to more schools and producing statistics on the destinations of social science graduates. This is part of the Campaign’s remit not just to work to help academics but to promote the social sciences within society more generally.

Marion Permaul, Sociology Course Leader at Sir George Monoux, said: “The event aims to inform students about social science careers and interesting research projects, as well as emphasise its importance for informing government policy making. We expect to give students the chance to question experts in academia and the third sector about some of the most pressing issues in our society today.”

• Sir George Monoux’s Sociology department has almost 300 students and nearly half achieve A or B grade at A level, despite many students coming from economically-deprived areas. Woodhouse takes students from over 120 different schools across north London. The colleges are ranked 2nd and 3rd in London by Ofsted respectively. The event will be introduced by the Principal of Sir George Monoux College, Mr Paolo Ramella.