School of Education
and Social Work

The School of Education and Social Work is divided into two departments – to find out more, follow the links below to visit a department website:

Within its two departments, the School of Education and Social Work also specialises in the following areas:

Childhood and Youth

Courses in childhood and youth are situated and taught  in both the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care. See:

Education and Development

Development Studies at Sussex has been ranked 1st in the world (QS University World Rankings by Subject 2015). Faculty and student members of the Centre for International Education (CIE), located within the Department of Education, are part of the active research community network of Development. The Department of Education offers courses within this theme at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. See:


A burgeoning area within the school, autumn 2015 saw the launch of the new Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing. In September 2016 we launched the postgraduate Wellbeing MRes course. To follow will be an exciting new undergraduate degree: the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care BA.

Education Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Includes International CPD, CPD for Partnership Teachers and Widening Participation Consultancy

Welcome from the Head of School

Teaching and research in the School of Education and Social Work

Professor Gillian Hampden-ThompsonThe School provides numerous opportunities for learning and professional development in an environment which encourages intellectual engagement, reflection and debate. A wide range of courses is offered - from first degrees, certificates and diplomas, to Masters level qualifications, professional doctorates and PhDs. Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge research on issues of significance in education, childhood and youth and social work and social care. Staff across the School are known for the quality of their teaching and research; locally, nationally and internationally.

Whether you are interested in an initial teaching or a social work qualification, want to learn more about childhood and youth, or wish to undertake postgraduate or post-qualifying study, we look forward to welcoming you to our School where you will find a warm, intellectually stimulating and professionally relevant experience.

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Head of the School of Education and Social Work

How to find us

The School of Education and Social Work is located in Essex House on the University of Sussex campus in Falmer. Directions to our campus, details of public transport and parking, a campus map, etc can be found on the How to get here page. 

School office


School internal website

For current staff and students