The Faculty of Social Sciences has a longstanding reputation for delivering world class research. Our research addresses the major challenges facing society and our ideas are leading academic debates internationally and shaping policy and practice across the globe.

Consistently over the last twenty years our departments have been ranked at the very top in UK research assessments. The work of our academics is highly cited; the Faculty of Social Sciences is currently ranked in the top ten for citations amongst the UK leading research intensive universities. The impact of our research is exemplary and is recognised by national research council prizes and international awards.

We are working extensively with non-academic organisations and joining forces with a network of international partners. We are also developing innovative new research methods and our work is at the leading edge in the co-production of knowledge and in exploring the potential of big data.

This excellence underpins all that we do as a Faculty; our world-class research drives and enhances our teaching. We strive to make an impact, to further and discover knowledge, and to develop research and graduates to be proud of.


Dr Matthew Bishop

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Dr Warren Pearce

Faculty Fellow

Professor James Wilsdon

Professor of Research Policy