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Social Science
Policy and Research Centre

All research in the School of Applied Social Science is carried out under the auspices of the Social Science Policy and Research Centre (SSPARC).

SSPARC offers a vibrant research culture for staff and students working both within and across the disciplines of sociology, psychology, social policy, politics and criminology and in the practice-based fields of social work, counselling and psychotherapy and substance misuse.

SSPARC undertakes research which is both theoretically and methodologically robust and which seeks to engage critically in public debate on a range of emerging and contemporary polices and practice-based issues.

Much of our research is undertaken collaboratively with agencies, organisations, groups and individuals, both in the local community and wider society, to ensure that our research has relevance and impact beyond the academy.

Research in SSPARC covers three broad and overlapping thematic research areas or 'clusters':

The Social Science Policy and Research Centre is part of the Faculty of Health and Social Science. Find out more about research in our faculty.

The school did well in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, achieving a grade point average of 2.25. Find out more about the university's RAE results.

SSPARC works closely with the Community/University Partnership Programme (CUPP).