A centre for excellence in social work teaching and research A centre for excellence in social work teaching and research

Social work is a highly rewarding profession. Social workers help and support the most vulnerable members of our society to overcome the challenges they face and to achieve their full potential. 

Our students benefit from high quality teaching that emphasises the knowledge, skills and values of social work, especially the importance of relationship-based practice, combined with excellent placement opportunities that enable students to become confident social workers.

Our social work graduates go on to become first rate practitioners working with children and families, people with mental health problems, older and disabled people in a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies. We are ranked in the Top 10 Social Work departments in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2016) and Top 10 English Mainstream institutions in the 2015 National Student Survey. 

The School of Social Work is an internationally renowned academic department dedicated to research and teaching. We have a strong interdisciplinary focus with a reputation for policy and practice relevant empirical research and for research led teaching.

We host the Centre for Research on Children and Families, a key institution in the UNICEF Childwatch international research network.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of Social Work 4th in the country for overall research with 90% of our research ranked “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Studying with us means joining some of the most satisfied students in the UK. In the 2015 National Student Survey, UEA was ranked joint 2nd out of all English mainstream universities, with an overall satisfaction rating of 92 per cent. 


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Centre for Research on Children and Families