Oxford scores first among Social Work and Social Policy Departments in the Research Excellence Framework 2014

According to data just released by the Higher Education Council for England, 79% of the overall research submissions were categorised as ‘world-leading’ or 4*. This is the highest score among all Units of Assessment in the higher education sector of the United Kingdom. The Department of Social Policy and Intervention, also known as Barnett House, is especially proud of this great achievement, as it coincides with its centenary.

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention is a multidisciplinary centre of excellence for research and teaching in social policy, the development and systematic evaluation of social interventions, and population studies. It carries out both basic and applied research and is home to a global community of academics and researchers with a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including anthropology, economics, demography, psychology, political science, social policy, social work and sociology.

In 2014, the department celebrated its centenary, having been founded in 1914 as Barnett House - a centre for the study of contemporary social and economic problems. The department’s research is international in outlook and has contributed to the global academic debate. Its impact on policy and practice has been national as well as international, from the way in which government funds are allocated to the delivery of local programmes and interventions. Our research falls under three main clusters: the Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP), the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Intervention (CEBI), and the Oxford Centre for Population Research (OXPOP).

We are especially proud of our Early Career Researchers and DPHIL students, who have taken up positions at leading international research universities, as well as our alumni who have committed their professional careers to improving welfare around the globe.

The 2014 Social Work and Social Policy results can be viewed on the Research Excellence Framework website.