School of Sociology and Social Policy


REF 2014 Results

Our School has done extremely well at the last REF (2014), achieving its best result by far in the department’s long and proud history. More than three quarters of publications by our staff were ranked as “internationally excellent” or indeed “world leading”. All this was further corroborated by our top grades for the impact our research generates and the research environment the School provides. This puts us in the top ten of Russell Group universities. Particularly when considered alongside our other impressive performances related to teaching and student satisfaction, this reflects the School’s recent achievements, its standing in the wider scientific community, and the quality of teaching we provide for our students.  Read more about REF 2014.

2014 League Table Success

The National Student Survey (NSS), an independent survey asking students to rate the quality of their Higher Education experience, is widely recognised as a key measure of student satisfaction.  This year we have continued to seek and respond to feedback from our students and have implemented a number of successful measures to further improve the experience of studying with us. 

In NSS 2014 our Sociology programme has risen seven places from last year and is now ranked eleventh among Russell Group universities. For Social Policy we are now ranked number one among Russell Group universities and Social Work has risen three places to number six overall within the Russell Group.

In  2014 Guardian University Guide  our Sociology programme has jumped six places to 17 whilst Social Policy maintains its top 20 position at 16.  The latest  Times and Sunday Times University Guide  places us at 13 for Social Policy, an improvement of ten places, and we remain a top 20 choice for Sociology in the Russell Group.  The  Complete University Guide  recognises the strength of our Social Work degree, placing us at number eight in the Russell Group.

A to Z Video Project

Staff and students have contributed to our new video project, "An A to Z of the School of Sociology and Social Policy". Learn more about the topics we are researching with these brief introductions. Visit the project page to view the latest videos.


Forthcoming events

Science Technology and Society Inter-disciplinary Sandpit and Funding Opportunity

B7 Hemsley (Staff Club)
An internal funding opportunity for interdisciplinary research on the social, political and ethical aspects of science and technology

Bill Dixon Inaugural Lecture

B62, Law and Social Science Building, University Park Campus

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School of Sociology and Social Policy

Law and Social Sciences Building
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 8939
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5232
email: socspa@nottingham.ac.uk