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Joshua Slesser

South Shields, UK

BSc (Hons) Sociology


Joshua Slesser grew up in a neighbouring town to the University of Sunderland but ultimately decided to enrol based on his positive experience at an open day and summer school. Josh has enjoyed his undergraduate degree so much that he is continuing his studies at the University on the MSc Inequality and Society.

Being brought up in a nearby town, Sunderland has always been a central part of my life. However, to me it wasn’t just about being close. The University became my first choice for a number of reasons, the most primary being the atmosphere. I attended two events before officially enrolling, an open day and a full-blown 4-day summer school - both were absolutely amazing. The buildings were modern and the staff were knowledgeable, considerate and interested in my story. From the first moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew that this wasn’t just a place to learn, it was also a place I could call home. 

Studying Sociology at secondary school really got me interested in the subject. It was a lot of work and while things didn’t always go to plan, the knowledge I learned there benefitted me enormously going into my first year of university.  

The course is constructed to a very high standard and when looking at it, you can tell it has been forged through a lot of hard-work and dedication to both the subject and the students. Sociology at Sunderland is a holistic and creative approach to teaching and learning and offers more than just knowledge. It offers a safe place for students to explore their interests, understand their path in life and pursue an abundance of opportunities which are advantageous to their careers and wellbeing. The course just received 100% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021 and it’s no wonder why. 

I would absolutely recommend the University of Sunderland to others, it’s a University not to be overlooked. The knowledge, confidence and passion I have found here will be with me forever. I have loved my experience here so much that I am continuing to study here for my postgraduate degree - MSc Inequality and Society. From there, I want to progress to a teaching qualification that would enable me to teach at a Higher Education level. I am incredibly passionate about Sociology and would like to aid and support future generations in this subject area."

Published 5 October 2021

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