Brunel's School of Social Sciences


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  • Facilities: there is a quiet study room, postgraduate common room with plug-in points, internet kiosks, fully equipped kitchen, conference room with AV facilities, storage locker hire and a laptop loan scheme
  • In terms of training opportunities, the Graduate School offers a Master’s Skills Training programme which helps develop your study skills and improves your employabilityFor example, the programme offers workshops on dissertations, writing skills and sessions on CV and interview techniquesResearch Modules for PhD students are available which aim to provide the knowledge and skills needed at each stage of research studyThe Graduate School also offers online training courses
  • The Graduate School building is a welcoming place for postgraduate students to come to for advice, quiet study, and to socialise. The Graduate School is a space set aside exclusively for postgraduate students to use at any time of day or night, as it is accessible 24/7 by a proximity card.The lower level includes the Postgraduate Common Room, a kitchen, a Quiet Study Room, a Conference Room, and internet kiosks. Upstairs, you will find the staff offices, including the Graduate School Reception, where you can come for advice between 9am – 5pm on weekdays. The Postgraduate Study Centre is a computer room accessible only to postgraduate students.You are also entitled to borrow a Graduate School laptop for a one week loan, free of charge. Small storage lockers are also available for use during your time as a postgraduate student
  • The Graduate School organises a range of social events, including:Welcome Party in OctoberWeekly coffee mornings Languages cafesPostgraduate Networking events
  • Brunel's School of Social Sciences

    1. 1. Welcome to the School of Social SciencesDr Jason Hughes, Deputy Head, External Postgraduate Programmes 2 July 2012
    2. 2. School overview• A vibrant, multi-disciplinary School with an international outlook• One of Brunel’s largest Schools. Five Departments with approximately 2,300 undergraduate students, 250 postgraduate taught students and 165 PhD students• All Departments scored highly in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and were ranked excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for teaching.• NSS rankings are strong across the School• 15 research centres deliver influential and innovative research
    3. 3. Head of SchoolProfessor Justin Fisher, Head of School• Professor of Political Science• Director of the Magna Carta Institute, an international think tank bringing together leaders in politics, law, business, media and academia• Consultant to several key authorities including, the Electoral Commission, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the Council of EuropeProfessor Clare Williams, Deputy Head of School• Joined the School of Social Sciences in June 2011 from King’s College London• Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the Centre for Biomedicine and Society (CBAS)• Secured grants worth £2.4m for multi-disciplinary research on clinical, ethical and social issues associated with innovative medical technologies
    4. 4. Our areas of expertise• The School consists of the following major disciplines:  Anthropology  Economics & Finance  Politics  History  Psychology  Sociology  Communications
    5. 5. What’s different about us?• Strong, well established programmes and expertise in several disciplines• World-class research centres, many academics are leaders in their disciplines e.g. BCISS, CBAS• Inter-disciplinarity, provides a broader perspective to inform research and enriches the student experience• Five excellent Departments• Policy-making research, regularly covered in the media• Many of our courses are specialist, unique and innovative e.g. Medical Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Intelligence & Security Studies; Public Affairs & Lobbying• A School which inspires and develops its students for success
    6. 6. What will you experience?• Academically rigorous and taught by subject experts, focused on the needs of students, and informed by the latest research• Career enhancing courses that develop the range of skills and attributes increasingly required by employers• Structured, so that students achieve the required disciplinary expertise• Flexible, through part-time study, choice of modular options, and cross disciplinary• Access to leading-edge technology, on-line services and excellent learning facilities• Excellent services and support from the Graduate School
    7. 7. Brunel Graduate School• All postgraduate students become a member of the Graduate School when commencing their studies• The Graduate School supports all postgraduate students throughout their time at Brunel offering a range of development services and activities: – Skills training – Workshops and seminars – Social and networking events – Excellent facilities – Provides a voice for PG students
    8. 8. Training Opportunities• Master’s skills training programme – develops transferable skills necessary to succeed in your chosen course of study, improve your employability and engage in personal and professional development• Researcher development programme – engage in personal, professional and career develop via our continually evolving training programme• Online courses – improve your skills anytime, anywhere with our Research Skills Online courses
    9. 9. We’re here to help• This session is designed to help you with any queries you may have about starting in September• We can provide you with more information today and put you in touch with other staff if required