At this year’s graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Dr Naomi Rudoe presented graduating students with the third edition of the annual Westminster Sociology Dissertation Anthology, which showcases some of the outstanding and innovative research produced by final year Sociology students at the University of Westminster.
The aim of this anthology is to reward good dissertations, to provide an example of quality work for future dissertation students, and to promote more widely the achievements of our students in Sociology at Westminster.
The anthology includes Mark Armstrong-Wood’s work on community libraries in Austerity Britain, Kate Taylor’s work on tattoos in the workplace, Rhianna Bedi’s work on sexual double standards, Sonia Kamili’s work on war and gender roles, and Shivani Pandya’s work on migration and Brexit.
While these five projects are incredibly diverse, they all have qualities that make them distinctive of the kind of work our students produce in Sociology at Westminster: they engage creatively and passionately with some of the urgent issues of our time, they use a finely tuned sociological imagination to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, and they are motivated by a desire to understand and challenge social inequalities.
Mark, Kate, Rhianna, Sonia and Shivani are not alone in producing great dissertation projects. The Sociology team had the pleasure to read some really excellent work this year. In particular, we would like to commend work by Yasmin Siddika, Aneesah Rehman, Sannah Iqbal, Fareena Akram, Latifah Stone, James Shipley and Olivia Lovelock.