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Congratulations to Brendan Burchell on his receipt of a professorship at the University of Cambridge

Brendan Burchell first came to Cambridge in 1985, thinking he’d stay for a couple of years as a research associate. “In my wildest dreams there was no way I thought that I’d stay permanently and become a Fellow of Magdalene College – let alone become a Cambridge Professor” he says. His first degree was in Psychology from...

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Read more at: Amnesty investigation finds global misuse of tear gas

Amnesty investigation finds global misuse of tear gas

With the help of researchers at the University of Cambridge, Amnesty has launched an interactive website documenting security forces’ misuse of tear gas in 22 countries around the world. Tear Gas: An investigation is the organisation’s new interactive, multimedia microsite explaining global use of tear gas, how it is used...

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Policing in a Pandemic: Building Trauma Resilience - Dr Rick Hanson and Dr Jess Miller

"Wouldn't it be great to one day get a neuroscientist and a Buddhist in a room together to help just sort out the policing brain?" In 2019, the National Police Wellbeing Lead, CC Andy Rhodes, made this observation at the annual #UpBeat conference, and just under a year later, Dr Jess Miller, Dr Rick Hanson and Police Care...

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Read more at: Department awarded gold rating in 2019-2020 Green Impact Awards

Department awarded gold rating in 2019-2020 Green Impact Awards

Congratulations to the Sociology Green Team who have once again earned the highest recognition in the annual NUS Green Impact Awards! Despite the disruption of the pandemic, our committed team worked hard to submit their workbook and participate in the remote audits to showcase their work, which was recognised with a Gold...

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Photography Competition 2020 - Results

The Department of Sociology is delighted to announce the results of this year’s Photography competition, which bore the theme "Sociology of Change". This year we received entries not just from across the UK but also from as far afield as Kuala Lumpur! The Department would like to thank all of the students that took part in...

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Read more at: UK and US firms ‘lag’ in race to commercialise COVID-19 diagnostic tests

UK and US firms ‘lag’ in race to commercialise COVID-19 diagnostic tests

The diagnostic industry in countries such as Germany, South Korea and China lead the pack on getting coronavirus tests ready for market. Researchers warn that lax EU regulations could see it become a “dumping ground” for bad tests. The lag is striking because it mirrors the spread of the pandemic Stuart Hogarth Nations...

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Read more at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Plan

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Plan

The Department of Sociology is committed to supporting the learning and wellbeing of our students during this particularly challenging time. We know that this unprecedented time is challenging and uncertain for all of us, and we want the Department to be a site of community and support for all of its students and wider...

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Read more at: “Making it up as they go along”: New guidance addresses UK university failures in responding to staff sexual misconduct

“Making it up as they go along”: New guidance addresses UK university failures in responding to staff sexual misconduct

Research by The 1752 Group has identified that many institutions appear to be “making it up as they go along” when responding to complaints of staff sexual misconduct. Speaking to Wonkhe , Co-founders Dr Anna Bull and Dr Tiffany Page said “When students attempted to report their experiences they found that there was no...

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Read more at: Call for Papers ‘Queer Feminist Approaches to Social Reproduction in the Environmental Crisis’

Call for Papers ‘Queer Feminist Approaches to Social Reproduction in the Environmental Crisis’

Call for Papers ‘Queer Feminist Approaches to Social Reproduction in the Environmental Crisis’ *UPDATE* This conference will now take place on Friday 23 October 2020, at Newnham College Cambridge. Contingency will be made for virtual presentations, in the case that travel restrictions are still in place due to the ongoing...

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New "Dish Life" game puts an entire scientific career in your pocket

Part-Sims, part-Tamagotchi game puts players in the shoes of a budding stem cell researcher as they progress from undergraduate student to professor "Dish Life" is a new free-to-play game developed by researchers from ReproSoc (Reproductive Sociology Research Group) and the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute , and produced by...

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