Sociology students celebrate end of year at inaugural summer ball

Last month, the School of Sociology and Social Policy held its first Summer Celebration, open to all students and staff in the School.

This was an opportunity for undergraduates to celebrate the end of the academic year, for postgraduates to take a well-earned break from their research and for staff to meet with students in an informal setting.

The Celebration was held at the Village Hotel in Headingly and included a DJ, buffet and speeches from staff within the School of Sociology and Social Policy (SSP). Student representatives from the School as well as the Sociology, Social Policy and Criminal Justice Committee were a driving force in the planning of the Celebration and key in publicising it to others.

The Celebration is part of a wider programme of events to bring students and staff together and to create a sense of community.

Clare Mawson, Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, commented that,

The Student Summer Celebration created a safe, vibrant space for students and staff to connect and relax. At SSP, education means fostering a community where everyone thrives; this event embodied that spirit and showed the power of staff/student partnerships. We enjoyed a wonderful night and created unforgettable memories.

The event was a great success, with students commenting that it was great to be ‘with friends and teachers outside of an academic environment’ and that it was nice to spend an evening ‘talking with fellow students and staff under one roof.’

SSP looks forward to hosting similar events in the future!