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April 2015

Sociology academic marks 50 years at the University

(17 April 2015)

Professor Wes Sharrock, Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, is celebrating 50 years at the University this year. Wes joined the University in 1965 as a postgraduate student. He then became a Lecturer in Sociology in 1968 and was awarded his doctorate in 1970 by Professor Peter Worsley, the first professor of Sociology at the University.

He is a seminal figure in British sociology having written over 20 books and numerous journal articles, with some of them becoming key texts in the field. The breadth of his scholarship spans sociological theory and moral philosophy, to social psychology. In particular, his contribution to ethnomethodology is internationally recognised. 

Professor Sharrock has supervised 55 completed PhDs, many of whom hold senior posts in academia and industry. And whilst many of his peers have retired Professor Sharrock is still employed and lecturing at the University.

He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the ethnomethodology and conversation analysis section of the American Sociological Association and has won several prizes for journal papers during his career.

Wendy Bottero, Head of Sociology, said of Wes: “He is our longest serving staff member and has been a Professor since 1993. He has had a prolific and illustrious career, and is the leading international exponent of ethnomethodology (the study of the methods and practices by which society's members make sense of their world). His challenging and innovative thinking has profoundly influenced generations of young sociologists. Manchester Sociology is proud to have Wes as a colleague.”