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Students across the Sociology department at College have recently been working with Oxford University as part of a Youth Advisory Board programme.

The programme is designed to help students better understand how research contributes to socio-economic understanding and innovation. This opportunity gave students the chance to work in seminar groups with a member of the university’s expert research team.  This offered the students the chance to glean an insight into a range of fascinating research areas including people trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa, the influence of the Italian mafia, and potential role of artificial intelligence in supporting vulnerable groups.

The students also received a guided tour of Merton College, Oxford and they are now looking forward to undertaking further collaboration with the University over the coming weeks.

Head of Sociology Tom Bint said “It was particularly striking to hear how the work undertaken by researchers at Oxford has clearly had an impact on policy, particularly during the Covid crisis. The whole event has reinforced the importance of the social sciences and has offered an exciting insight into the work going on in academia”

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