Sociology research and teaching award winners


Sociology staff have been recognised for their research and teaching in recent University of Manchester awards.

Research Staff Excellence

Our researchers won in all three Humanities categories of the Research Staff Excellence Awards.

Sophie Yarker – Research Staff of the Year

Sophie’s research focuses on social infrastructure and urban ageing. She published her first sole authored this year, Creating Spaces for an Ageing Society: The Role of Critical Social Infrastructure. The judges were especially impressed with the impact of her work, including on a recent project exploring how COVID-19 had affected the lives of older people at risk of social isolation.

James Hodgson – Outstanding Output

James won this category for his article about the social connections forged when people go on retreats . Whereas going on a retreat is popularly thought of as an individualistic act, James argues that the underpinning motivations can be more about connections beyond the self: with others and with wider ideas about nature and humanity.

CoDE Researchers – Outstanding Impact

The research staff team from the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity won the outstanding impact category for their various projects exploring ethnic, racial and religious inequalities. Between them, team members have written policy briefings industry reports and news articles, appeared on podcasts and organised public events and webinars, and worked with young people’s groups.

The full team is: Rashida Bibi, Magda Borkowaska, Sean Carey, Dan Ellingworth, Sadia Habib, Hannah Haycox, Scarlet Harris, Timothy Head, Emma Hill, Jenny Hewitt, Patsy Irizar, Nico Ochmann, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse and Harry Taylor.

Outstanding Teaching and Learning Awards

Each year, students are invited to nominate staff who have provided them with outstanding teaching or support. This year, Graeme Kirkpatrick was highly commended in the Outstanding PGT Dissertation Supervisor category.