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Department of Social Work, Care and Justice

Research in the Department

All members of the Department are actively involved in research and this informs teaching on all our courses.

Our research activity can be grouped into four broad areas. 'International social work', the theory and practice of radical social work, key aspects of work with children, young people and children’s rights, and crime, deviance and the media.

Staff are at the forefront of debates taking place within the University and policy sectors over key issues and questions that affect our daily lives – both as academics (students and staff) and as members of society.

We believe it is important for our students to engage in research and for us all to establish a culture of exploration and critical understanding of the modern world and its problems.

We have regular research seminars and research days where staff and students both actively engage with important research questions, where outside speakers bring different views and perspectives to bear and where students benefit from high quality presentations from leading academics in the field.


Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the latest national assessment of research (REF 2014) the Department did particularly well. 73.3% of the staff outputs that were entered were ranked as either 3* or 4* meaning they were regarded as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'. This means the Department was ranked 12th in the UK for research outputs in this subject area.