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 35 separately funded research projects, with more than 40 research staff and an annual turnover of approximately £3.0m as of the end of our financial year 22/23.  

Research Excellence 

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, 62% of our overall research submissions were categorised as ‘world-leading’ (4*). We are one of the highest scoring departments in social policy (and any subject) in the United Kingdom.

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QS World University Rankings 

We also seek to lead our field globally. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 the University of Oxford 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.