Meet our Alumni
Graduates from the School of Social Sciences have gone on to establish careers in a variety of roles. Below are some examples of their path after graduation.
For further information about the support we offer students with their career prospects, take a look at our careers and employment pages.
Peter Salami – BA Sociology, MA Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice
Probation Service Officer, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company
“I decided to study Sociology because social relationships, encounters and realities have always fascinated me. Understanding why people do certain things, why there are certain phenomena within society, and what causes a number of social problems are also topics that interested me.
Whilst studying my undergraduate degree, I volunteered with a number of charities, including the British Red Cross. This role involved working on their mobile youth bus project, which reached out to vulnerable young people who were at risk of or engaging in anti-social behaviour.
After completing my first degree, I went on to study a Masters in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, as I wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice – particularly the probation sector. Again, I undertook voluntary work alongside my studies, this time with the Probation Service. By the end of my Masters I had an undergraduate degree in Sociology; an MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice; over 3 years’ experience volunteering with the British Red Cross; plus 12 months’ experience in the Probation Service.
I have always wanted to work with people, and Probation work is extremely people-centred. I felt that, because of personal experiences, I could relate to service users whilst adopting an approach that protects the public and reduces re-offending. My role as a Probation Service Officer involves working with low to medium risk offenders/service users, aiming to protect the public and reduce re-offending through a range of means including both punishment and rehabilitative tools. I am also a trained Programme Facilitator and Restorative Justice Facilitator.”
Ratheesh Pillai – MA Social Policy
Research Associate, Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
“After graduating, I decided to pursue a career in social services. I did a Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Kerala, a leading university in South India, and started my career as a medical social worker in a national institute under the government of India. For three years, I worked with stroke survivors and their relatives. I also engaged in research activities and undertook a research project on the factors predictive of a return to work after stroke in patients with mild-moderate disability in India, which was published in the European Journal of Neurology (2015, 0: 1–6).
My current role is as a Research Associate for an Indo-American research project entitled 'Evaluating Barriers and Facilitators to Stroke Prevention to Guide Implementation Research', at the Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, which is an institute of national importance under the Government of India. This position involves in-depth interviews of health care providers, patients and families, data entry, and the formulation of questionnaires.
I decided to study the MA Social Policy at Bangor University as the course was designed to develop research skills in the area of social policies and evaluation. The degree was a great help in enhancing my career in the area of public health research. I specifically chose Bangor University because of its international outlook, excellent teaching quality, student support and location. The breathtaking beauty of Bangor’s landscapes will always be in my memories.”
Rowan Hodgkinson – MA Social Work
Relief Worker, Digartref Cyf
“I chose to apply for the MA in Social Work as I felt this was a natural progression from my role as a Learn4Life Development worker at Digartref, a homeless charity where I worked with young people to improve their life choices and chances.
What I enjoyed most about the course was increasing my academic skills after having been out of education for 20 years, and challenging myself. I discovered that research was of particular interest to me – finding out 'what works' from studies which gave me the confidence to use various tools and techniques whilst on my social work placements, for example. The other students on the course were great, and it was a very supportive atmosphere to study in.
I studied through the medium of Welsh to improve my Welsh skills. The advantages are that I now feel confident to speak and write Welsh, but I am still working on my written work and attending lessons with Gwynedd Council (I wrote my essays during the course through the medium of English)
After graduating, I was lucky to obtain employment as a Development Officer with Gwynedd Council in the Adults Health & Well-being Department, where my role involved population needs assessments under the Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. More recently, I was successful in applying for a PhD position funded by KESS2 with Bangor University's College of Health & Behavioural Science and the Youth Justice board, looking into resilience in young people who offend. The Social Work MA prepared me for both of these roles by increasing my confidence and both practical and academic skills.”