Research at the School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) delivers education and research that will enable you to advance your career in an environment that fosters ambition, progress, innovation and leadership. We have a reputation for producing high quality, socially relevant research of practical use. For example, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) NTU's psychology research and social work and social policy research were all highly ranked.

Our research

Our research output from the School is spread across four main areas. They are:

Our research strategy is to continue to develop and sustain capacity and capability across these areas and the School as a whole, growing research income, the number of research active staff, clusters and cross School groups and the postgraduate research student population.

Our research degrees

The School of Social Sciences offers two professional doctorate degrees:

Undertaking an MPhil or PhD

Work on a unique project in a field of your own choice.

We have a strong PhD community in Psychology and growing community in other areas of social sciences. We also positively encourage interdisciplinary research.

More information on Research degrees in Social Sciences.

REF 2014 results

Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014.
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.
  • our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.

The assessment showed that for social work and social policy (U0A22) a large proportion of the research outputs submitted were judged to be of a quality that is recognised nationally or internationally. The Assessment also highlighted that an impressive 60% of the research submitted was either internationally excellent or world leading.

The School of Social Sciences also contributed to the Education Unit of Assessment submissions in which a large proportion of the research outputs submitted were judged to be of a quality that is recognised nationally or internationally.

Find out about the School of Social Sciences and NTU's recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

Our partners and collaborations

Our research is drawn from a wide range of funding bodies including:

  • the British Academy
  • the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • the EU
  • the Home Office
  • Government departments
  • national charities
  • public service agencies.

The quality and applied nature of much of our research has resulted in invitations to act as advisers to a number of national and international bodies. These include:

  • MINDCHANGE in Europe
  • the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • the House of Commons All Party Gambling Scrutiny Committee
  • the Curriculum and Qualifications Authority.

Contact us

If you have any enquiries, please contact:

Professor Di Bailey
Associate Dean for Research
School of Social Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 6079

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