School of Social Policy

Welcome to the School of Social Policy, where our mission is ‘to understand the world – but also to change it’. This means carrying out high quality and relevant research, but then using this as a starting point for making a practical difference in the real world through our teaching, our professional training, our policy advice and our work with local communities, the public and the media. 



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Posted 03 October 2017

New Birmingham Fellow wins prestigious award

Newly appointed Birmingham Fellow in Social Policy, Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, has been awarded the Peter Townsend Prize from the British Academy for her book, 'Hunger Pains: life inside foodbank Britain' which examines the lives of people using a Trussell Trust foodbank in Stockton-on-Tees, North East England.

Posted 25 September 2017

Researcher wins British Journal of Social Work Prize

Dr Lisa Morriss, Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Birmingham has been awarded the BASW Kay McDougall British Journal of Social Work Prize for an article looking at the newly created role of the Approved Mental Health Professional.

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Karl Marx

“Philosophers have sought to understand the world; the point, however, is to change it.”