We were rated top 10 in the UK for research quality with more than three-quarters of our research rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
We work with departments across the University and around the world, collaborating on cutting edge research. Our students become part of this community and learn how to understand and challenge the world.
We shape society today advising the UN, government departments, think tanks and public bodies around the world on issues as diverse as the rights of indigenous peoples, the regulation of the building industry, and organised crime and terrorism.
Our academic staff are experts in their fields, developing new theoretical and methodological approaches to understand the dynamics of social life.
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