Research Excellence

The Department of Social Policy and Intervention strives for excellence in everything we do. Currently there are about 25 separately funded research projects in the Department, with more than 20 research staff and an annual turnover of approximately £1.5m. Our long-standing research endeavours are reflected in our publication output and policy impact. We are the top-ranked Social Policy department in the UK, and second globally.

Research Excellence Framework

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

With our international outlook 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 full table QS rankings.

We are very 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. We make global partnerships to secure our standing and we seek to make a lasting impact.

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