“We are at the leading edge of understanding and addressing the most pressing social problems of our time.”
— Professor Ian Butler
Head of Department
The Department of Social & Policy Sciences is one of the leading centres for social sciences in the UK. We have an excellent reputation for cutting edge research and innovative teaching.
We have been ranked exceptionally in the following league tables:
- Number one for Social Work in The Times Good University Guide 2013
- Ranked 2nd for Sociology in the Complete University Guide 2013
- Ranked 4th for Social Policy in the Times Good University Guide 2013
Our staff and students are involved in the study of the major challenges that we face as a society:
- Work and worklessness
- The welfare state
- Community cohesion
- Family life and parenting
- Health, illness and death
Our achievements have been recognised most recently by the award of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011.
Our 45 academic staff, approximately 350 undergraduates, 80 Master’s students and 85 MPhil/PhD students are part of a vibrant and welcoming academic community.
Our academic staff are highly committed teachers. We provide a range of teaching and learning experiences including one-to-one tutorials, informal debates, seminars, guided reading, online discussion groups, placements and lectures.
Our world-leading research has influenced policy and practice at both national and international levels. It has also made major contributions to the development of theory, sensitive research methods and community engagement.
Our research themes are:
- Children, young people, families
- Lifelong health and wellbeing
- Work and welfare
- Global transformations and insecurity
- Governance and policy design