Huddersfield New College’s Social Sciences department has recently hosted a range of inspiring virtual opportunities for students to help them learn more about the Law in action and deepen their subject knowledge. These specialist sessions have also helped students to explore the opportunities that may be on offer to them in the future.

The first virtual event saw students joining a lecture by Dr Laura Ford from the University of Huddersfield. Dr Ford helped students to gain an insight into what studying Law might look like at university, with an introductory lecture on Criminal Law.  The lecture helped to support their subject knowledge on Criminal Law, which is part of both the A Level and BTEC Law course. It was also a valuable opportunity to explore some newer, more in depth perspectives on areas such as sentencing.  

This was followed by a session with Antonia Merrick from the University of Law .  Students enjoyed a fast paced and interactive session titled ‘True Crime: the Murder Files’ which explored well known murder cases such as Jack the Ripper, the Bridgewater four and the story of Gypsy Rose. This session was of particular interest to those exploring the wider career paths across Forensics, Criminology, Law and Policing.

With plenty of lively debate around the content, student Molly said: “I really enjoyed the session. It was interactive and it was fantastic to be involved in some of the discussions, especially the discussion around the potential Jack the Ripper suspects." Student Ben commented: “This has given me new inspiration for the topics involved.”

Claire Forest, Head of Social Sciences comments: “Even during lockdown and our period of remote learning, we have continued to work to ensure our Social Sciences students are inspired and engaged. I am proud that so many of our young people took up the opportunity to join these unique sessions which not only helped them to broaden their subject knowledge, but also allowed them to be explore how the Law relates to so many dynamic and fascinating careers. Both session generated a great deal of lively debate and discussion, and left our students thinking long after they had ended. I would like to thank our staff for organising these opportunities, and of course we are also very grateful to guest speakers who gave up their time to inspire our students.”

Click here to find out more about our Social Sciences courses, including a chance to view our video lesson tasters.


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