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School of Applied Social Sciences

Research and Impact

The University’s School of Applied Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary teaching and research School that includes six subject areas: Sociology, Criminology, Social Policy, Social Work, Community and Youth Work, and Sport. We encompass a wide range of activities, with our main focus on the application of social science methods and concepts to social and policy issues. Current strengths include professional practice in health care, social, community and youth work; crime, violence and abuse; regeneration of communities and neighbourhoods; sociology of sport; children and families and mental health. 

We are proud of the School’s international and national reputations in these areas.The quality of our research in the School of Applied Social Sciences has been formally recognised by the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 - a rigorous procedure designed to assess research activities at every UK university. In the recent exercise, 90% of research in the School was rated as of international significance, with 60% being internationally excellent or of world leading originality, significance and rigour in its Unit of Assessment (Social Policy and Social Work). The School's "excellent active and vital research culture" was highlighted, along with our outstanding international collaborations, interdisciplinarity and impact on policy and practice.