The School of Applied Social Sciences currently has over 1,000 students on its range of courses. The 40 members of staff based in Ipswich deliver a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Early Years, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Youth Studies, Social Work and Education.
The School has a proven track record in bringing together high academic standards with real world professionalism and works closely with various national and local government agencies such as the Teaching Agency, the Health and Care Professions Council, and the College of Social Work to transform and professionalise the workforce. We are well placed to bring the academic rigour required to challenge and push boundaries.
The School is newly formed, creating two Divisions, one covering Children, Young People and Education and the other Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. The School is research active and the staff team includes national and international experts in a range of fields including, for example, criminology and gang policy, international adoption, social care for older people, poverty and living standards, prison law and policy, and the implications of new technologies for childhood.
In 2012/13 the School of Applied Social Sciences was commissioned to undertake research for a range of organisations including West Midlands Police, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Co-Op, the Suffolk Foundation, Nominet and Suffolk County Council.
The School runs a series of conferences, seminars and professional training throughout the year bringing together students, established academics, early career researchers, doctoral candidates, police, teachers and social workers, amongst others. These include guest speakers as part of teaching programmes, the Children and Childhoods Conference, the annual Social Work Practice Educator Conference, and Effective Interventions Conference.