I remember that starting a degree in the sociology department as a mature student filled me with a mixture of dread and excitement. A constant buzz of adrenalin that I had been given permission to stop the day job and study. An underlying fear that I would not ‘make the grade’. And while the memory of those early days is fading, the emotions the change in my life provoked remain.
The sociology department at Essex has dominated my working life since the early 1990s – it has been exciting; it has been stimulating and it has been challenging; what more could you ask?