School of Education and Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Kitbag 2021REF 2021

We are proud and delighted with our performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF 2021).

Visit our Research page to see the details - and the University's REF 2021 web page for the University's position as a whole.

See also the Social Work and Social Care impact case studies that contributed to our success.

The key to achieving anti-racism in social work

About us

Social work is a rapidly changing profession and at Sussex we are at the forefront of innovation and development.

We offer attractive opportunities in a department noted for its strength in professional education and its contribution to professional knowledge and practice.

We are among the leading institutions in the UK for the quality of our research. The Department currently hosts three research centres: The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW), the Centre for Innovation and Research in Social Work (CSWIR), and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY). We also have a proud tradition of providing rewarding opportunities for study, whether at initial qualifying, post-qualifying or doctoral levels.

We constantly build on our strong track record of interdisciplinarity to develop new approaches to inter-professional learning and research which recognise both the distinctiveness and the interconnected nature of social work as a discipline and a profession.

Social Work at Sussex is ranked 7th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2020)

Winter Graduation 2020: Lucinda's story

Read Lucinda Strong's inspirational first-hand account of finally getting into Sussex, her preferred university, and studying for a Social Work MA whilst also being mother to a one-year-old and dealing with a lifelong illness. 

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UG and PG courses in education, social work, childhood and youth and wellbeing. Training teachers and social workers for professional roles. Research-led.

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