Our departments

  • 3rd
    in the UK for Social Policy
    (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • 4th
    in the UK for Social Work
    (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • 88%
    of our research rated world-leading or outstanding
    (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Shaping policy and practice for those in the greatest need

The Department of Social Work & Social Policy works to shape policy and practice in society's responses to its most pressing issues.

Our graduates leave our programmes with an appetite for change and the skills to make it happen. We offer versatile undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, built upon critical esearch that encourage students to challenge and engage with the very latest intellectual currents in the field.

The department's work is fuelled by a dynamic research culture, with department staff regularly producing high-quality, internationally-respected research on children, young people, health, wellbeing, citizenship, communities, criminal justice and social justice.

Through partnerships, policy work and centres of excellence, we create an environment where students and staff are empowered to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of the those most in need.


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