19 April 2011
From left to right: Harshad Keval, Sarah Cant, Peter Watts and David Smith
The Sociology and Social Science Team at Canterbury Christ Church University have been awarded the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, on behalf of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the Subject Network for learning and teaching Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP).
The award recognised the work submitted by the academics, entitled ‘Inclusive learning and academic integrity: making the promise of sociology accessible’, which describes an innovative learning, teaching and assessment initiative.
The motivation behind the initiative was responding to students’ changing expectations and capabilities and was therefore designed to facilitate academic, social and cultural integration amongst sociology students.
Student induction was extended throughout the first year and embedded in the programme delivery, with regular assessment and feedback from students.
Study skills, academic requirements, practical information, and activities designed to build social relations, were integrated and delivered alongside the degree content. The initiative also includes specially designed teaching materials that allow students to learn social theory at their own pace.
Sarah Cant, Programme Director for Sociology and Social Science at the University, said: “I am delighted that we won this award, it is a great recognition of the work that we do and acknowledges the energy and commitment that the whole team put into the delivery of our programme. We are indeed fortunate to have such skilled and innovative practitioners in the Department.”
“The students have appreciated the extra support this initiative has provided. It has helped them with their transition to university life and has enabled them to become independent learners”
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.