Undergraduate Dissertation Conference 2012

We have just completed our second annual Criminology and Social Policy Undegraduate Dissertation Conference, organised this year by myself and Jenny Maher for Criminology, with well over 100 students providing presentations in panels chaired by staff during the day. I was once again struck by the variety and quality of presentations from Social Policy students reflecting their dissertation subjects. These ranged from studies on obesity to youth offenders, from Cardiff Devils’ Ice Hockey fans to Facebook addiction, and I would like to personally thank all of those students who made it in to present on the day despite, in some cases, suffering from winter flu bugs and the transport problems resulting from the weather in the morning.

The day began with registration in the Postgraduate Centre with Colin Morgan from Social Policy and Jenny Maher from Criminology checking names and handing out name badges.

Students gathered to enjoy coffee, tea and biscuits before dispersing to their presentation rooms.

Paul Chambers, our Subject Leader, who chaired two of the Social Policy panels, enjoyed his early morning coffee.

And students from Criminology and Social Policy mingled to await greetings talks from Howard Williamson, Andy Thompson and Tim John.

The Postgraduate Centre provided a fantastic, and appropriate venue for the start of the day, and we are grateful to the University for allowing us its use. The panels were again an excellent opportunity for students to test their work so far, to receive constructive and supportive comments and for staff and fellow students to see how their colleagues and students were coming along. I found the opportuntiy to observe the presentations of the students I am supervising particularly useful and insightful and I hope all the students who involved themselves in the day found it as interesting and useful as I did. Finally a warm thank you to all members of staff who gave their time to chair panels, and an especial thank you to Howard Williamson for services beyond the call of duty, and also to Jenny Maher from Criminology who shouldered a probably disproportionate amount of the organisational burden for the day.

Gerald Taylor

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