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Current PhD Students

Where to get advice

The best source of practical information is the Moodle course site called PhD Sociology, which contains your course handbook, with dates for submission of work, format of work, Department and Faculty administration, as well as resources.

Additionally to the course handbook the Student Registry's Code of Practice for Graduate Students provides a comprehensive description of the relationships between students, supervisors, and the Student Registry.

Seminars and events

There is always plenty happening around the Department and Faculty. There is a series of weekly seminars by national and international speakers, which all are welcome to attend. You can find more information about this and other events in the University on the seminars and events page.

Bell Burnell Study Area (aka Grad attic)

The Bell Burnell Study Area (named after Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist and discoverer of radio pulsars) is a bright and welcoming space within the Faculty for PhD students to occupy temporary desks to undertake their research and writing. There are kitchen facilities as part of the area. The graduate attic can be used while security staff are on duty. It is essential that PhD students take responsibility for this area by ensuring that any windows they open are carefully closed. MPhil student are welcome to use the social area and kitchen.

Coffee gatherings

Graduate students organise coffee gatherings, usually once a week in the graduate attic to which PhD and MPhil students are welcome. Exact dates and times are announced via the student mailing lists.

Supervision rooms

The Department has a number of supervision rooms for undergraduate that PhD students can book via the receptionist Jolanda Aldis-Clarke (enquiries@sociology.cam.ac.uk, 01223 334520).

Mailing lists

All PhD students are on the PhD mailing list through which important information and the weekly sociology noticeboard email are disseminated. PhD students can also contact the group via this list, but are asked to keep traffic to a minimum.

Students and student representatives

A list of PhD students in the Department  is maintained on the Departmental web pages. If you wish to add your personal profile to this page, please get in contact with the department Outreach and Communications Coordinator.

Each year, a student is elected to represent all graduate students of the Faculty. In the Department of Sociology this graduate student representative is assisted by one or two PhD delegates. These delegates are invited to attend the departmental meetings and the Graduate Education Committee to raise concerns and issues. The current delegates are Mahvish Ahmad and Mohamed El-Gendy.

Academic Staff Term Time Office Hours  


Prof Patrick Baert       appointment by email


Dr Mwenza Blell          on leave in 2017-18


Dr Brendan Burchell    on leave in Mich 2017 & Lent 2018; appointment by email in Easter 2018


Dr Manali Desai           Wed 10.00-12.00, Phoenix Room 25


Dr Teije Donker           appointment by email


Prof Sarah Franklin      appointment by email


Dr Maria Iacovou         appointment by email


Dr Hazem Kandil          on leave in 2017-18


Dr Ella McPherson       appointment by email


Dr Jeff Miley                 appointment by email


Dr Monica  Figueroa    appointment by email


Dr Mark Ramsden        appointment by email


Prof Jacqueline Scott   appointment by email


Dr Matthew Sparkes   appointment by email


Prof John Thompson   appointment by email


Dr Darin Weinberg      appointment by email