School of Social Sciences and Humanities

We are a diverse and inclusive School delivering excellence in learning and teaching, research, and enterprise across the Social Sciences and Humanities. Inter-disciplinarity and international encounters are fostered across five departments: Communication and Media; Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy; English; Geography and Environment; and International Relations, Politics and History.

3 internationally renowned research centres


1st in the UK for Communication and Media Studies

Complete University Guide 2025

87% of our research recognised as ‘world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Intelligent Questions

Our academic members of staff engage in cutting-edge research, addressing vital questions at the interface of societies and the environment.

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We use our knowledge, skills, curiosity and creativity to deliver novel, rigorous, transformative research that makes a difference in the world, and enriches the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of people and places.

Our research

Children's politicisation in diaspora?: a comparative exploration

In a time of debate around young people's politics and political participation, it is important to understand what young people themselves feel about having a voice.

Children's politicisation in diaspora

The power of football in prisoner rehabilitation

The research aims to investigate the impact of football and sports coaching on the early desistance narratives of prisoners in England and Wales.

The power of football in prisoner rehabilitation

Young people and volunteering in Uganda

This international project is focused on exploring the kinds of voluntary labour practiced by young refugees in Uganda, as well as investigating how these impact on their skills, employability and the inequalities they experience.

Young people and volunteering in Uganda
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School team

The School is run by a team of academic members of staff in leadership roles, alongside School admin and support staff, and professional services colleagues and University business partners from across the institution.