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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.

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Local community support police powers during unprecedented times

The majority of people in the region believe that the police have done a good job during the Coronavirus pandemic – though most would also like to see a greater police presence in their area.

5 Aug 2020 Research

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Research into the impact of lockdown on the wellbeing of children

The potential impact of restricted access to outside spaces on the wellbeing of children during the Covid-19 pandemic is being investigated by a Teesside University team.

15 Jul 2020 Research