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Department of Sociology

Dr Sarah Kolopp

Undergraduate supervisions are one of the most important features of a Cambridge education and the Faculty of HSPS is keen to encourage and reward best practice for the provision of supervisions. Each year, the Department of Sociology presents a Supervisor Award to a member of staff or postgraduate student who have excelled in providing supervisions to undergraduate students as part of the HSPS Tripos.

This year we received over 50 student nominations for 26 different supervisors, all of which made us proud of the teaching at the Department and grateful for the key contribution made by our supervisors.

The 2018-19 award has been won by Dr Sarah Kolopp, who supervises on various papers at the Department including SOC1 'Introduction to Sociology' and SOC3 'Global Social Problems'. Dr Kolopp’s nominations stood out for the way she inspires and engages her students, particularly those who are new to Sociology and require extra encouragement and guidance to get to grips with the discipline. Students also mentioned the quality of the discussions in Dr Kolopp’s supervisions, and how she is able to ensure everyone is fully involved, which is exactly what makes this unique teaching method so effective. Dr Kolopp will be joining the Sociology Department on a three-year fellowship in September and will be a very welcome addition to the team!

Honourable mentions for this award go to Dr Benjamin Abrams, who earned the second highest number of nominations and was praised for increasing students’ confidence, and Gavin Stevenson, who was also recently commended in the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award.

The Department would like to thank all of the undergraduate students for their nominations, and remind them that further feedback on teaching can be provided via our Undergraduate Feedback Form.

Previous winners:

2017-18 Gavin Stevenson

2016-17 Gavin Stevenson

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