Student Resource Centre
Student Resource Centre offers academic and personal support for all our students, and is unique to our Department.
Run by Student Support Services Officer,
Rowena Macaulay and a team of student volunteers, the Centre offers informal advice and support
in all areas of your study and life at Essex. It's home to an extensive range of study
aids and support services and also runs a programme of academic skills workshops throughout the year.
Sociology common room
Our common room is at the heart of the Department. It's open all day Monday
to Friday and is a great place to meet up, chat with friends and staff, or read.
It's stocked with daily newspapers, magazines and journals, and drinks are
also available. It's also the venue for drinks and nibbles after weekly
Access to resources
In addition to the Albert Sloman Library,
and as a result of being the top university in the UK for social science, you
have access to the collections of datasets, archives and research materials held
in the UK Data Archive. These are
used by our staff in their research work and you can use them for your research.
You can access a number of software packages in all the computer labs on
- statistical software (SAS, STATA, SPSS, R and others)
- geographic information system (ArcGIS)
- qualitative data coding and analysis package (MAX QDA2)
- standard word processing, data analysis/graphing, presentation and
bibliography management software
If you want to experiment with or specialise in survey research, we provide
access to the Qualtrics online survey system. If you need further qualitative
data analysis tools, the University also has a site-wide licence for
installation of NVivo 9.
Internationally acclaimed resources
Essex is one of the focal points for social and economic research funding in the
UK and, with our Institute for Social and
Economic Research (ISER), you will have access to additional internationally
acclaimed resources and the opportunity to work with world-leading experts in
the field of applied social research.