- An impressive 95% of BA Social Policy students at Kent were satisfied with the quality of the course, according to the National Student Survey 2014
- 90% of our Sociology students found employment or went onto further study within six months of graduating in 2014 (Source: Unistats)
- In the Guardian University Guide 2015 league table for Social Work, Kent is ranked 8th in the UK
Our School is recognised worldwide for producing excellent research and was ranked 2nd for research power, 3rd for research intensity and 5th for both research impact and research quality (GPA) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Welcome from Head of School, Professor Sarah Vickerstaff
We are a multi-disciplinary School committed to providing world-class and innovative degree programmes and research.
Our academic staff work within a variety of intellectual and research traditions and are actively engaged in current research projects. An impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF 2014, with 99% of the research submitted judged to be of international quality.
We provide a supportive environment for students interested in a wide range of social science subjects. Please browse our pages to find out more about our School.
Fully funded PhD with PSSRUPhD studentship on improving public services for vulnerable people using 'big data' methods. The Data Research Centre for Business and Local Government (DRCBLG) has been established to lead the way in using advanced data analytics to help local authorities explore data, enhance knowledge and empower their communities. The Centre is a collaboration between the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and LSE, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The University of Kent ...
Addressing lonelinessResearch at the University has identified the need for loneliness 'maps' to help charities and public services support those experiencing loneliness. Dr Adrian Adams of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and Dr Hannah Swift of the School of Psychology – co-authors of the report with Anna Goodman of the Campaign to End Loneliness – found that addressing loneliness requires a better understanding of, and engagement with, local communities...
New deadline for 50th Anniversary Scholarships 11 May 2015We are pleased to be able to announce an extension to the 50th Anniversary Scholarship deadline. PhD degree programmes eligible for the scholarship are: Applied Psychology Community Care Criminology Environmental Social Science Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Migration Studies Social Policy Social Work Sociology Research is a vital part of the activities of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR...
SSPSSR awards 31 places on University's VALUE ProgrammeOur School has contributed to a record number of places for Stage 1 students on the 2014/15 VALUE programme. The VALUE programme is an initiative designed to help Stage 1 students make the best of their time at university by improving their key skills. Run by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, successful applicants develop their academic knowledge and understanding, key skills and learning strategies thro...
Success at the Kent Union Teaching AwardsDr David Nettleingham was awarded the Social Sciences Faculty prize this week at the 2015 Kent Union Teaching Awards, his second in three years. Adding to SSPSSR's recent successes at the student-nominated awards, Dr Nettleingham's "inspirational" teaching on the BA Cultural Studies programme within the School was recognised for its provocative, critical and innovative approach, as well as for his organisation of extra-curricular study gr...
Free screening of 'Carry Greenham Home' followed by discussion panelWe are delighted to announce that next Tuesday 31 March at 6:30pm there will be a free screening of the movie Carry Greenham Home at the Gulbenkian Cinema as part of the Fifty Years of Feminism Film Season. The film will end with a discussion panel including Laura Hart and Anne Logan (SSPSSR), chaired by Elizabeth Cowie (School of Arts). Filmed by Amanda Richardson and Beeban Kidron, now Baroness Kidron, over...
New Pears Philanthropy Fellow announcedThe UK’s first dedicated philanthropy university teaching post has been appointed at Kent following a £156,000 donation from the Pears Foundation. Dr Triona Fitton will take up the appointment on 1 September. As the first Pears Philanthropy Fellow, she will lead the launch of the University's new MA in Philanthropic Studies, which is due to welcome its first students in January 2016. Based within the Centre for Philanthropy, Dr Fitton will w...
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