The Faculty of Social Sciences

As a faculty we deliver an outstanding programme of professional development; promote postgraduate research, and facilitate creative opportunities for postgraduate students to interact and gain widespread experience.

We are contributing to the University strategy, notably the focus on outstanding multidisciplinary research with practical relevance, and excellent student experiences. It presents opportunities for innovation in research, education and knowledge exchange. We are also currently undertaking research in six active research areas which address issues in society.

The Faculty also hosts, works in partnership and collaborates with a number of research centres and networks: The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP), the Corpus Linguistics in Scotland network, the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)ProPEL: Professional Practice, Education and Learning, the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research; the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies

New national drugs research network hosted at Stirling

The impact of drug misuse on Scotland’s people and society will be the focus of a University of Stirling-hosted research network of universities and NHS boards.

The Drug Research Network Scotland (DRNS) will be funded by a £240,000 investment from the Scottish Government, administered by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The Network will inform public policy, improve practice and reduce the harms associated with problem drug use.

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Launch of the the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research

The Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research has been established to take forward the Salvation Army (TSA) Drug and Alcohol Strategy (SDAS) through collaborative working between TSA and the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Stirling. Dr Tessa Parkes, Centre Director, is joined by Dr Hannah Carver (Knowledge Exchange Fellow), Marcus Cusack (Knowledge Exchange Assistant) and Dr Maria Fotopoulou (Lecturer in Criminology). 

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Study with us

Join us at the Faculty of Social Sciences and you’ll discover a welcoming and supportive learning environment. We have teaching expertise across a diverse range of subject areas: Dementia, Education, Housing Studies, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology and Social Work.

With professionally focused courses, we have qualifications to suit every stage of your career. Our social science courses also equip you with the principles of social responsibility and the knowledge you need to make a difference to organisations around the world.

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Faculty Office
Iris Murdoch Building
University of Stirling

01786 467740


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