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News Archive 2008-9

The latest news stories from the School of Social Sciences:

Professor Valerie Walkerdine features on Women's Hour, BBC Radio 4, 17th September 2009

18 September 2009

The mainstream marketing and representation of young girls as sexually desirable objects has been labelled a 'media juggernaut'. A new book, The Lolita Effect, argues that not only does this create a difficult climate within which to give girls a healthy introduction to sexuality, it also goes some way to normalising the global sexual abuse of children. So what evidence is there for such a troubling connection, what should we be doing about it, and are all young girls equally vulnerable to the lure of pole-dancing kits and sexy lingerie? Jenni Murray puts these questions to Gigi Durham, author of The Lolita Effect, Valerie Walkerdine, Professor in the School of Social Science at Cardiff University, and Eleanor James of the campaign group Mind the Gap. Listen again here


Women Rise in Seafaring Ranks, Associated Press, 16th September 2009

17 September 2009

Momoko Kitada, a SIRC Nippon Foundation Fellow currently studying women seafarers and their identities, is quoted about her experiences whilst at sea. More


The skills gap is still a divisive issue - Sunday Times, 13th September 2009

14 September 2009

Professor Ewart Keep is quoted in an article questioning whether employers are right to complain that schools are churning out a generation of young people who are ill-equipped for the most basic demands of the British workplace. More


New report "Fair treatment at work report: findings from the 2008 survey" now available

11 September 2009

Professor Ralph Fevres is the lead author of a major new report from the UK Department For Business Innovation & Skills which highlights the complex relationship between people's reports of employment problems and their understanding of their rights at work. It also investigates the way that employees use the framework of employment rights and identifies some of the key characteristics of vulnerable workers. A press release from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills summarises some of the findings. More


School of Social Sciences 10th Anniversary Lecture Video

8 September 2009

To celebrate the School of Social Sciences 10th Anniversary, a lecture titled "Politics and the Social Sciences" was presented by Professor Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley. The video for this lecture can now be viewed. (Real Player required). More


Thinking of doing a Taught Postgraduate Course in September 2009?

24 August 2009

Cardiff School of Social Sciences offers a range of modular degree programmes that allow students to pursue focused studies relevant for a range of vocations in the public and private sectors. These courses are studied on a part-time or full-time basis. More


Thinking of doing a Professional Doctorate Course in January 2010?

19 August 2009

Are you interested in studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education, Social Work and Health Studies? Professional Doctorates are distinguished from the PhD in both form and rationale: they involve a significant proportion of teaching as well as a smaller research thesis and their aim is to integrate academic and professional knowledge. Our next cohort starts in January 2010, so register your interest now. There will be an Open Evening at the School on Wednesday 7th October 2009 at 6pm where you can find out more information about studying with us. More


The psychology of climate change: why we do nothing, the Ecologist, 12th August 2009

13 August 2009

Renee Lertzman, a PhD Researcher in SOCSI, is quoted talking about her work looking at the unconscious motivations behind many people’s responses to climate change. More


Organised Crime: Making a killing, The Economist, Print Edition, 16th July 2009

30 July 2009

Professor Michael Levi says organised crime may become more common in the economic downturn. More


CISHE and DECIPHer Re-locate

24 July 2009

As of 27th July 2009, CISHE and DECIPHer have a new address. More


Graduate refugees to now help others to learn English - Western Mail - 23 July 2009 

23 July 2009

Two graduate refugees who have been awarded Post-Graduate Certificates in Education by the University are planning to volunteer as English teachers at the Welsh Refugee Council’s Cardiff head office, for others making their homes in Wales. More


SOCSI PhD Student speaks at International Year of Biodiversity-UK meeting

22 July 2009

Renee Lertzman, a PhD researcher at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, has been invited to speak at the partnership meeting for the International Year of Biodiversity-UK, convened at the Natural History Museum. More


SOCSI Graduation 2009

20 July 2009

Monday 13th July saw the Graduation Ceremony for over 200 undergraduates and approximately 100 postgraduates from SOCSI. More


PGCE Bursaries 2009-10

PGCE Student teacher lying down reading a book.

11 June 2009

The £6000/£7000 bursary for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) teacher training has been confirmed for this forthcoming academic year 2009-10 by the Wales Assembly Government. More


How past social work practices could benefit us today - - 25 May 2009

29 May 2009

Professor Andrew Pithouse, Director of Research, comments on past social practices from the 1980’s that could benefit us today. More


The Academy of Social Sciences confers the award of Academician to Professor Barbara Adam

18 May 2009

Professor Barbara Adam is the newest member of SOCSI conferred as an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences. Other SOCSI members are Professor Paul Atkinson, Professor Huw Beynon, Professor Ruth Chadwick, Dr Sara Delamont, Professor Michael Levi, Professor Gareth Rees and Professor Teresa Rees.


Cardiff leads interdisciplinary centre

13 May 2009

Children and young people in the UK are set to benefit from a new centre of excellence focused on tackling health issues of most concern to them. 

Led by Cardiff University the new Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to strengthen public health research in Wales and the South West of England, and identify effective ways to improve the health of the public.

Within the University, DECIPHer is a collaboration across four Schools, Social Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and LawMore


Apply for a SKOPE ESRC PhD Studentship 2009/10

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28 April 2009

SKOPE is an inter-disciplinary ESRC research centre, based at the universities of Cardiff and Oxford, and its work focuses on the relationship between skills (broadly defined) and performance (at a number of levels). The studentship is available for three years full-time, and includes fees and a stipend. More


Apply for DECIPHer Studentships 2009/10

30 March 2009

DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health ImpRovement) is a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre is a strategic partnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea, in collaboration with key organisations concerned with public health policy and practice in Wales and the South West of England. Ten studentships are available on a range of topics including your own choice in the fields of: social sciences, law, dentistry, medicine, social medicine, health information, public health, geography and statistics. More


‘By Us, For Us, About Us’: A Children and Young People’s Festival of Participation in Research 

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27 March 2009

Cardiff University in association with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Children in Wales held a one-day event as part of a series of activities commemorating the first Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Peter Clarke, who died in 2007. ‘By Us, For Us, About Us: A Children and Young People’s Festival of Participation in Research’ was held at the Millennium Stadium on the 11th March 2009, funded as part of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Festival of Social Science. More


Children crying out for help - Western Mail/Wales online, 23rd March 2009

23 March 2009

Dr Jonathan Scourfield, senior lecturer at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, provides expert comment in an article examining why young people self-harm. The article discusses a four-fold increase in the number of suicidal children ringing the ChildLine helpline in the past five years. More


Renee Lertzman is interviewed by Professor Jan Haaken from Portland State University for community public radio in Portland Oregon

19 March 2009

Renee Lertzman, a PhD researcher at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, was recently interviewed by Professor Jan Haaken, Professor of Psychology at Portland State University, for community public radio in Portland Oregon about her work on psychology and environmental issues. More


SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence 2009 - Nominees announced

12 March 2009

The nominations of the SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence 2009 have been announced The SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence is awarded annually to one paper in each of the BSA's four journals. The prize is awarded at the Annual Conference to the paper published in the previous year's volume judged to represent innovation or excellence in the field. Several papers written by staff at Cardiff School of Social Sciences have been nominated. More


Launch of the New AimHigher Associates Website

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5 March 2009

The new Aimhigher Associates Scheme website has now been launched. The Associates Scheme will offer a new opportunity to thousands of young people in the 14-19 age group in schools and colleges throughout England. More


We cannot live by scepticism alone - Harry Collins - Nature 5th March

Logo of the Centre For The Study Of Knowledge Expertise Science.

5 March 2009

Dr Harry Collins, School of Social Sciences, argues that modern society depends on experts, or people with specialized skills and experience in certain areas, but that scientists have found a growing number of people challenging their expertise, even on issues where strong scientific agreement exists. His commentary appears in this week’s journal Nature. More


Professor Peter Fairbrother takes up position as Professor of International Employment Relations at RMIT University, Australia

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16 February 2009

Professor Peter Fairbrother, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Research, has stepped down from the directorship to take up a position as Professor of International Employment Relations at RMIT University, Australia. He has been replaced by Dr Ian Welsh, Reader in Sociology who will co-direct the Centre with Professor Ed Heery. Together they will take the Centre forward to a new stage of development and activity. More


Centre for Global Labour Research (CGLR) Colloquium in Honour of Peter Fairbrother - The Return of the State - Green, Welfare or Neo-liberal Crutch?

16 February 2009

The Centre for Global Labour Research (CGLR) hosted a colloquium in honour of the former Co-director of the Centre for Global Labour Research, Professor Peter Fairbrother. The colloquium addressed debates about the modern state in the context of global recession and climate change. More


Welsh schools: Keeping up with the Joneses - Are Welsh schools still the envy of their neighbours? - The Guardian, 27 January 2009

27 January 2009

Professor John Fitz, Deputy Director of the School of Social Sciences, is quoted in the Guardian, in an article regarding Welsh schools and the effect of devolution. More


Young People's learning get a boost from the Beacons

27 January 2009

The School of Social Science project to explore cross-disciplinary ways of solving problems by linking researchers and students through storytelling was one of seven projects which will benefit from the first wave of funding through the beacon for Wales. More


Outsourcing in the public sector: What does the future hold?

22 January 2009

On 15 December, Public Finance magazine held a roundtable debate at Church House Westminster on ‘Outsourcing in the public sector: What does the future hold?’ The roundtable was the latest in a series of high-profile public policy debates hosted by Public Finance. Among the experts taking part was Steve Davies of the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. More


Libraries Report Launched - Government urged to take action

19 January 2009

On 15 December, Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, joined Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, to launch a report on the future of the public library service written by Steve Davies of the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. More


Healthcare first for Cardiff University

9 January 2009

The UK’s only designated Chair responsible for driving forward evidence-based research in healthcare improvement and patient care has been appointed by the University. Dr Jonathon Gray becomes the University’s Chair in Healthcare Improvement, a joint collaboration between the School of Medicine, School of Social Sciences and the Wales Centre for Health. More


Apply for ESRC Studentships 2009


4 December 2008

There are 10 ESRC Quota Awards for PhD study in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences. Awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, the first year for taking an MSc, followed by 3 years funding for a PhD. In addition to the Quota Awards available for study in the School of Social Sciences, we also have the opportunity to put candidates forward into the ESRC’s Open Competition. This application will be judged alongside applications from all ESRC outlets across the UK. More


Disabled people more likely to experience bullying and harassment at work new report finds

1 December 2008

Critical evidence for reforming policies and legislation is being produced by a team led by Cardiff social scientists. Their first report, Work Fit For All - Disability, Health and the Experience of Negative Treatment in the British Workplace is published with the Equality and Human Rights Commission today (27th November 2008). The report has vital messages for the reform of Britain’s welfare system and equalities legislation.

This is the first in a series of major outputs from a research programme which is scheduled to continue into 2010. The research team led by Professor Fevre of Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences is responsible for the first nationally-representative survey of a range of forms of ill-treatment in the workplace. Members of the team are also conducting in-depth interviews with employees in four case study organisations. More


Reflections on the Bernstein Symposium Held at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences 9th- 12th July 2008

29 October 2008

Steve Whitcombe and Elaine Jenkins, both Professional Doctoral Students at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University reflect on the Fifth Basil Bernstein Symposium held at the School in July 2008. More


BSA Medical Sociology Seminar on Publishing in Health and Social Sciences

27 October 2008

The event on Friday 24th October was very successful. 40 people, travelling from as far as Liverpool and Swansea, gathered for a series of presentations from the editors of leading Health and Social Sciences journals. The event was the latest in a series of BSA Medical Sociology Seminars being hosted at the School. For information about the journals, including new paper and online developments, please see the presentations from the editors of Sociology of Health & Illness and Social Sciences & Medicine. More


Longer life is born of social justice as well as health - The Thursday Essay, Western Mail, 11th September 2008

12 September 2008

Professor Gareth Williams of the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University makes the case that social justice is good for our health. The Thursday Essay, Western Mail, 11th September 2008 More


New multi-million pound project helps shape Wales of tomorrow

11 September 2008

Academic schools from across the University have joined together to establish an interdisciplinary social science research centre of excellence for Wales.

Drawing on the substantive and methodological expertise of staff from the Schools of Social Sciences, City and Regional Planning, European Studies, Business, and Law, the University is leading The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) - a £9M project which will help government, policy makers, and businesses better tackle major social problems in Wales. More