We have an international reputation for delivering high quality teaching and research in social sciences.
Our research makes an impact for communities around the world, including our Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP), and the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research (SACASR).
Our work is recognised across several areas; from being the leading educator in Scotland for Criminology, to 100% of our research submissions being judged as internationally excellent or world leading for their impact and the quality of the research environment (Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014). We’re a social science University.
The Guardian University Guide 2020:
1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Criminology
Top 5 in Scotland for Social Policy
3rd in Scotland for Sociology
2nd in Scotland top 10 in UK for Education studies
The Complete University Guide 2019:
Top 5 in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education studies
3rd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Social Work
Top 5 in Scotland for Sociology
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019:
1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Criminology
2nd in Scotland and 2nd in the UK Top 15 for Social Work
3rd in Scotland and Top 5 in the UK for Education
3rd in Scotland and Top 15 in the UK for Social Policy
National Student Survey 2017:
100% Student Satisfaction Rate for Social Work and joint 1st in the UK
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014:
100% of our research submissions were judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in terms of the quality of the research environment and their impact.
Our accreditations and awards
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS):
Our Primary and Secondary Education degrees are accredited by GTCS, meaning that on successful completion you can apply for provisional registration as a teacher. Our postgraduate Education Leadership course is also accredited by GTCS.
The Chartered Institute of Housing:
Our Housing Studies course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for housing. When you graduate you’ll qualify as a corporate member of The Chartered Institute of Housing.
The Scottish Social Services Council:
Our Social Work degree is accredited by The Scottish Social Services Council. On successful completion of the course you can register as a qualified social worker. England, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own registration body and accept this degree.