"My experience of studying for a PhD at Surrey so far has been nothing but positive. The Department is friendly and always willing to help and assist in any way they can. The facilities are great, and opportunities for personal development are endless."
"Prior to starting my PhD, I studied Criminology at the University of Leicester. I then came to Surrey to study the MSc Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research programme due to their outstanding reputation in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Unlike other criminology masters courses, Surrey's content and focus was evenly split between criminology and social research methods.
Ever since I started studying criminology I have wanted to be involved in research. After obtaining my undergraduate and masters degrees, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice.
Here I discovered that in order to progress as a researcher, you are required to have a PhD, so undertaking a PhD was the next logical step to help me progress in my career.
Having studied my masters here at Surrey I knew it would be the ideal institution for me to undertake my doctoral research. The Sociology Department has a wide range of criminological and methodological expertise, and the facilities are exceptional.
My experience of studying for a PhD at Surrey so far has been nothing but positive. The Department is friendly and always willing to help and assist in any way they can. The facilities are great, and opportunities for personal development are endless.
My supervisors have been great throughout the whole of my first year. They have been quick to offer advice and assistance during many a stressful moment and provided thorough and detailed feedback on my writing. They are always enthusiastic, are a joy to work with and have taken a real interest in my project.
The Library has been a key resource for my doctoral research. It has a huge array of books, journal articles, and reports, with many available online as well as in hard copy, so you can usually find what you need. However, in instances where the Library does not stock what you need, they offer an inter-library loan service to ensure that they can access it for you, and where this is not possible they are even willing to purchase it.
The University has also recently set up the Doctoral College which has been hugely helpful by providing numerous training sessions and workshops to support me through my PhD journey.
The creation of the Doctoral College has also led to greater collaboration by bringing together PGRs and ECRs from a range of different disciplines. As a result of a networking event run by the Doctoral College, I am now part of a study group of researchers with an interest in the study of sexuality, and we are currently working on a number of collaborative projects and events.
I have also made use of the reduced student membership at Surrey Sports Park as I love playing sport and keeping fit. It has a fully-equipped gym, Olympic size swimming pool, various different playing courts and a vast array of classes.
As well as studying for my PhD, I have collaborated with fellow PhD students, academics and researchers in bidding for and winning a small amount of funding from the British Sociological Association to host a conference. This was a huge success and a great experience.
My proudest moment so far is having completed and submitted my confirmation report. It highlights just how much I have accomplished in my first year, summarising all the work I have done to ensure that I am ready to commence data collection at the start of my second year.
Besides my studies, I have thoroughly enjoyed Surrey’s close proximity to cities such as London and Brighton, which are less than an hour away by train and have plenty to see and do. Surrey itself also has plenty of beautiful countryside to explore, and numerous great pubs and restaurants.
At the end of my PhD I want to continue to be able to make a difference by using my research to inform policy and practice, and ensuring that the criminal justice system is as efficient and effective as it can be when it comes to tackling hate crime."