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, check out the Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing.

Kitbag 2021REF 2021

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

IntegrationVisit the Education Research web page and the Social Work & Social Care Research web page for discipline-specific details.

See also the University's REF 2021 web page for the University's position as a whole.

See also details of the impact case studies that contributed to our success:
- Education
- Social Work & Social Care

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

In the School of Education and Social Work we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practices and policies. We want all staff and students to experience our School as a space that enables them to meet their potential and to thrive. We are particularly interested in active work to address inequalities produced around the specific intersections of gender, race, and disability.

See our EDI web pages for more details. 

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

Simon Thompson 2021The 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 Simon 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