Our Research Highlights

  • 100% of the research environment rated as being internationally excellent and world-leading quality. 
  • Overall 81% of research in Education, Sociology and social policy is rated as world leading or internationally excellent
  • 81.8% of research publications in Education, Sociology and Social Policy are rated as world leading or internationally excellent


Professors Jonathan Bradbury and Gareth Jenkins commented:

“Our Unit of Assessment 20 performed exceptionally well in the REF2021 research assessment, gaining a top 10 position for its interdisciplinary research environment and with 81% of overall research quality being determined as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Medicine, Health and Life Science are delighted to see that this joint submission spanning education, sociology and social policy has been recognised by the expert panel.”

Our Vision

Our vision is to contribute to and drive economic growth, productivity, education and prosperity in the region, Wales, the UK and internationally. 

Our Environment

Social work and social policy is a dynamic and supportive research community comprised of 24 Category A eligible staff which encompasses diverse policy areas such as health, education, housing, poverty and the family.  Our research is focussed on three central themes: Social and health Care, Innovative Aging and Educational Policy and Practice.

Our Outputs

The scholarly outputs from the UoA increased by 3% during this census period and the citation impact factor for work from members of the UoA is twice the global average for the field.

Our Impact

The successful impact of our research on policy and practice at both national and international levels, has resulted in sustained and significant recognition.  Our researchers collaborate widely with academics from other institutions, governmental, industry and third-sector organisations. A wide range of international partnerships have led to international initiatives, impactful research, and grant capture.  Our impact case studies show strong links with research users, such as housing associations, Local Authorities (UK and France), those who live and work in care homes, and school leaders and staff.

Our Community

Meet the social work and social policy staff and post-graduate community 

Meet our School of Health and Social Care Staff

paramedics lecturer and students