Students and staff on the vital work of admin staff for learning and research in the Department

Although we do not yet know what exactly is involved in SMT’s plans to ‘centralise professional services’ in College, students and staff have written testimonials to show why ‘ripping the heart out of the Department’ is such a bad idea for all of us.   Read the testimonials here.     Continue reading Students and staff on the vital work of admin staff for learning and research in the Department

Goldsmiths SMT urged to reconsider admin centralisation

Letter and powerful Testimonial sent to Goldsmiths Senior Management Team from former Sociology Department academics   Dear Frances Corner, Senior Management Team, Dinah Caine and members of Council, As academics who have benefitted from the work of the Administrative Staff in the Department of Sociology, as former teachers and researchers there, we are writing to … Continue reading Goldsmiths SMT urged to reconsider admin centralisation

Research News – October 2021

Awards Fay Dennis has been awarded the Sociology of Health & Illness New Writer’s Prize for her article Drug fatalities and treatment fatalism: Complicating the ageing cohort theory. Faten Khazaei (Postdoctoral Researcher) has been awarded the Brigitte-Schnegg-Prize for 2021 for her thesis entitled Manufacturing Difference: Double Standard in Swiss Institutional responses to Intimate Partner Violence. … Continue reading Research News – October 2021

Breaking News – Sociology UCU Department Motion

Sociology Department UCU members pass motion condemning the ‘deletion’ of professional service staff roles in their department   The Sociology Department met on 29 September to discuss Goldsmiths College plans to make three of the Department professional service staff redundant.  As stakeholders and those most directly affected by this change, we strongly oppose this move. Removing this dedicated … Continue reading Breaking News – Sociology UCU Department Motion

Change Management 101

By Dr Vik Loveday Having trouble coping and feeling ‘unsettled’? Finding it hard to keep up with the demands of your job during a global pandemic? Is the anxiety of looming job losses keeping you awake at night? Many of us working in UK universities will be familiar with the narrative that rank-and-file staff are … Continue reading Change Management 101

Research News – May 2021

Publications   Christos Varvantakis has a chapter published in a recent edited volume on photography and collective identities in Greece: Varvantakis, C. (2021) ‘Η Ακρόπολη από μακριά: Απόσταση, εγγύτητα και αφή’ (‘Acropolis from a distance: Distance, proximity and touch.’), in Petsini, P. and Stathatos, Y. (eds) Φωτογραφία και συλλογικές ταυτότητες: Ελληνικές φωτογραφικές μελέτες Ι (Photography … Continue reading Research News – May 2021

Playing with methods during Covid 19 by Mary Brenda Herbert

This blog post was originally published on the International Journal of Social Research Methodologies website on 6 August 2020. Mary Brenda Herbert is a PhD student in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London . Figure 1: Art packs in the making.   ‘Where are you?’ He quizzically looked at me. Eyes darting from one corner … Continue reading Playing with methods during Covid 19 by Mary Brenda Herbert