With expertise across the five pillars of the welfare state, the School focuses in particular on three key research themes:
Families, communities and social justice
Health and social care
Wealth, welfare and well-being
Above all, the School of Social Policy is committed to spanning the divide between academia and practice, and to applying its research through teaching, publications, consultancy and policy advice.
As part of this mission, the School runs what is believed to be the oldest, continually running social work training course in the country, which celebrated its centenary in 2008. It also offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes, as well as continuing professional and management development opportunities.