About us

Kerry Allen presenting at Madrid conferenceThe School of Social Policy is one of the leading centres for applied social policy in the UK. The School focuses on examining the different ways in which organisations and agencies respond to social issues and questions. This means looking at the choices that are available to people like politicians, voluntary bodies, private institutions, professionals and the public.

It also examines how these choices are negotiated and made and explores the consequences of such choices for different people and groups of people. Above all, the School of Social Policy is committed to spanning the divide between academia and practice, and to applying its research through teaching, publications, consultancy and policy advice.


Head of School and Head of Institute of Applied Social Studies David Stephenson


Director of HSMC Jon Glasby