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School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Social Sciences, Humanities & Law is a rich research environment committed to generating a deeper understanding of the social world in which we live. Our academic staff are engaged in high quality publicly engaged research that underpins all our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The School is truly multi-disciplinary, with researchers working across criminology, education, English studies, creative writing, history, law, social work and social policy, sociology and psychology.

Our research is funded by quality research organisations including the European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Big Lottery.

The Departments of Criminology, Law and Policing and Humanities are partners in prestigious Research Council UK funded consortia that recruit postgraduate research students in collaboration with a number of other UK Universities, including the UA Doctoral Training Alliance, ESRC NiNE, AHRC Heritage Consortium and Northern Bridge. Our collaborative relationships with industry partners is at the heart of our research ambition to have a deeper understanding of the social world we live in and to contribute to the economic, social and cultural success of all our collaborators.

We are committed to sustaining our record of research excellence, in REF 2014 87% of research submitted to Unit of Assessment 22 (Social Work and Social Policy) for REF 2014 was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading with 100% (Social Work and Social Policy and History) judged to be at least internationally excellent for impact.

Research centres and groups

Behaviour, Health & Resilience
Centre for Crime, Harm, Prevention & Security
Identity, Practice and Policy in Education
Regional & Local Historical

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Evidence-based alcohol education will have positive impact on young people’s lives

A Teesside University professor whose research has highlighted the risks of alcohol among young people has welcomed plans to make alcohol education compulsory in secondary schools.

15 Aug 2019 Research

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Exhibition takes visitors on an emotional journey exploring the aftermath of the Great War

A unique project to uncover the region’s hidden stories from the end of the First World War has found the period to be even more turbulent and traumatic than ever imagined.

10 Jun 2019 Research