Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Research impact

We have a strong record of impact from our research. This was celebrated in the 2011 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education: the Citation recognised that we had “for over thirty years undertaken pioneering and original research in the field of family wellbeing …. This work has influenced national programmes seeking to alleviate poverty in the UK, as well as international activity.”

Research Excellence Framework case studies

In the REF2014 we submitted under the Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment (you can download the impact case studies).

Examples of our research impact

Enhancing our Impact: The Institute for Policy Research

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The Institute for Policy Research (IPR), established in February 2013, is a major financial and institutional investment by the University, aimed at maximising the impact from our research.

The IPR bridges the worlds of research, policy and professional practice; it expands our capacity to build long-term linkages with the institutions and organisations where policy and practice are made; it enhances our engagement with policy makers and research users and multiplies our impact.