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Economic, Social and Political SciencesUndergraduate study

Hayley King Criminology & Psychology, 2013

Roles at the Police & Crime Commission

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Hi, I'm Hayley King and I studied Criminology & Psychology within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton.

The teaching is really good and makes use of varied assessment with group work and exams. The study support is very helpful and you get a real consistency of your personal tutor also being a lecturer so it is easy to get some time at the end of a lecture in addition to office hours.

The programme really appealed to me in giving applications in social sciences. Criminology is a growing subject, but not something I could study at A level and I wanted something broader that offered more flexibility. The modules have certainly given that and I have been able to learn about has given me insight into sociology, anthropology, social policy.

I know lots of engineering students who studied maths at A level and so it was a natural progression for them. For me I didn't have any previous study of criminology, but had an interest in the area and have enjoyed learning from the very beginnings to how it is applied today. It is a very socially relevant course and exciting to see how it can be applied in the real world. For instance, the London riots, you're living and discussing mob mentality and how it's come about.

My dissertation was on media and fame impacts high school shootings. I focused on Columbine and Virginia Tech and how the killers interacted with the media - how the media posthumously put it out there to generate interest in their publication. I reflected on whether it is right to have such highly saturated content and questioned the rise of copycats and if they are bow forms of media celebrity when they ‘martyr' themselves and die at the end.

It is a testament to Southampton that I am still often here as the campus is really good and accessible. I have been involved in the Union Films and organising their social media and I was treasurer of the Applied Social Sciences Society. Social Sciences jointly with Humanities have a great Christmas ball. I was also involved with setting up a mental health society which helped sign post to support services and had events with themes such as home sickness and healthy relationships.

The teaching is really good and makes use of  varied assessment with group work and exams. The study support is very helpful and you get a real consistency of your personal tutor also being a lecturer so it is easy to get some time at the end of a lecture in addition to office hours. I went to lots of career talks and a panel event on a fast track scheme for Civil Services which was really interesting. I had lots of help with placements and in my three years of study was able to get three placements.

I now have roles at the Police & Crime Commission, Howard League and Catch 22. These are really diverse and range of organising events for young people to share any issues, liaising with academics with an alumni network and supporting vulnerable young women. I've really enjoyed the experiences in a charity and would be interested in getting involved in more hands on work which benefits the community.

 

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