Orientation week at Westminster: doughnuts, cake, and radical social science


Dr Naomi Rudoe leads new students to the matriculation ceremony

This week we welcomed new undergraduate students onto the Sociology and Sociology-Criminology degrees here at Westminster. At the beginning of the week, we all got to know one another during our fiendish Sociology quiz, where students tested their knowledge of University, London, 2018, and dead white men, while eating a few dozen doughnuts. Our quiz was followed by the Social Sciences Annual Lecture by Dr Kehinde Andrews from Birmingham City on the subject of radical social science, after which we had a reception and polished off the doughnuts.

During the week, our new students were given presentations from the students’ union, met their personal tutors, and signed up to clubs and societies. On Friday afternoon, they took part in a matriculation ceremony, where new Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield celebrated Westminster’s spirit of community.


Sociology Lecturers Celia Jenkins, Umit Cetin, Hilde Stephansen and Naomi Rudoe with Head of School Dibyesh Anand and Vice Chancellor Peter Bonfield.

At matriculation, Head of School Professor Dibyesh Anand spoke about students and academics working together to challenge the neoliberal market in higher education. Sociology Lecturer Umit Cetin gave a speech about education and empowerment, and current Sociology PhD student Nayyar Hussain spoke about the experiences she’d had as an undergraduate at Westminster. We ended the week with more cake back at the Regent Street building. We’re now all looking forward to the start of teaching on Monday!

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