About this day
For A-level students
This autumn sees the return of our fascinating and challenging Sociology in Action enrichment programme to London. Through a thought-provoking, inspirational series of talks, leading experts will tackle a range of challenging questions pertaining to how society functions and the factors that experience life in today’s world. Offering students a unique chance to hear inspirational speakers grapple with today’s major sociological questions, this programme is guaranteed to leave them brimming with new ideas and perspectives.
Programme & speakers
Representation Matters Aisha Thomas, Representation Matters
Until society represents everyone, the question will always be, do I belong? In 2017, The Runnymede Trust reported on the lack of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) teachers in Bristol, a remarkably diverse city. Aisha will explore how we can rethink representation within education.
About Aisha Thomas
Aisha studied law before moving into education to become an Assistant Principal at an inner-city secondary school. Today, she is an Educational Consultant in her own organisation, Representation Matters Ltd, and has a firm focus on anti-racist practice, equity, justice and liberation.
What's so sociological about disability? Tom Shakespeare, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Tom will show how ‘disability’ is ripe for sociological analysis, from the point of view of medical sociology, social policy, cultural sociology, or political sociology. But it’s not just an academic issue; it’s about changing lives and transforming the world.
About Tom Shakespeare
Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability Research at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and social and ethical aspects of genetics. He has focused on qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face and led projects about disability and sexuality. He teaches topics related to health and illness in sociology.