At DSPI, we strive for excellence in everything we do. As one of the highest-ranked Social Policy departments in the world, our work has an enduring impact across the globe. Our long-standing research endeavours are reflected in our publication output and policy influence. 

Currently there are approximately 25 separately funded research projects, with more than 20 research staff and an annual turnover of approximately £1.5m. 

Research Excellence 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, 79% of our overall research submissions were categorised as ‘world-leading’ (4*). We were not just the highest scoring unit in Oxford, we were the highest scoring department in social policy (and any subject) in the United Kingdom.

View the REF results

QS World University Rankings 

We also seek to lead our field globally. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 we ranked second overall in Social Policy and Administration, and first in the UK.

View the QS rankings

We are immensely proud of the outstanding efforts of our staff, researchers and students, who all contribute to an environment where these levels of excellence can be achieved and maintained.  

You can read more about our global impact and our partnerships below.