Profiles of our seven founding member institutions and their Aspect representative.
Cardiff University is home to a large and wide-ranging social science community. Specifically, we have more than 788 academics working in the social sciences at Cardiff, and currently host 268 social science PhD students. Two-thirds of the academics schools have received ESRC funding over the last five years. This is testimony to the extent to which social sciences are embedded across the university, and to the interdisciplinary nature of social sciences research at Cardiff University.
The University of Glasgow
The College of Social Sciences is at the forefront of theoretically-informed and rigorous empirical research and research-informed teaching. We build upon the proud tradition of Adam Smith in developing a holistic analysis of society and responding to current and emerging local and global challenges. Our research makes significant contributions to scholarly debates, to international, national and local policy and practice, and to professional education. We have an international reputation and make a major contribution to the University of Glasgow as a broad-based, research-intensive university.
London School of Economics and Political Science
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. LSE opened its doors in 1895 with three rooms and 200 students. Today more than 11,000 students study for degrees at our central London campus, while more than 40,000 more learn on campus or remotely. But while much has changed, one thing remains constant: our commitment to the original vision of LSE, as ‘a community of people and ideas, founded to know the causes of things, for the betterment of society’.
The University of Manchester
The School of Social Sciences is committed to research that makes a contribution to addressing some of the major social, economic and political challenges that face the UK and the world. Our research has shaped policy-making and practice in diverse areas, centring around five key themes: Socio-economic change and innovation; Population change and ageing; Inequality and poverty; Sustainable practices and climate change and Elections, participation and governance. Our specialised research centres allow us to ensure our research is focused and makes a real impact, both within the University and the wider community.
The University of Oxford
The Social Sciences Division represents one of the largest groupings of social scientists in the world. We bring together outstanding departments, faculties and schools committed to tackling some of the major challenges facing humanity, such as sustainable resource management, migration, global governance, justice, poverty and development. Our research combines rigorous and innovative quantitative methodologies and theoretical approaches using individual and collective experiences and actions. The Times Higher Education (THE) University Rankings placed the University of Oxford as number one in the world for Social Sciences in 2018 and 2019.
The University of Sheffield
The Faculty of Social Sciences has a long-established reputation for producing world-leading research. Our research agenda reflects the complex challenges of our age: how to create truly sustainable growth in the face of climate change; creating an inclusive society; adapting to an ever-increasingly digital society; improving wellbeing throughout the life course; and how to harness innovative methods for understanding our world. Our academics work at the forefront of knowledge, building lasting partnerships with researchers, policymakers, NGOs and businesses across the globe.
The University of Sussex
University of Sussex research is contributing new knowledge, ideas and solutions, which is leading to real change in the world and making a difference to people’s lives. Research is at the heart of Sussex, where our research centres are international leaders in their fields, and an interdisciplinary environment thrives across the university. Sussex research has produced Nobel prizes, developed radical theories, and created important innovations. It has had extensive impact on business, government, the third sector, health and culture. Explore our research or find out more about our research centres.
Zinc builds companies that tackle important societal challenges. Its programmes bring together 50 entrepreneurs to build new products and services from scratch. Each programme has a specific ‘mission’ (e.g. ‘to improve the quality of later life’), and is supported by a network of world-leading experts (e.g. in research, technology, business, and creative design). Zinc’s top priority is to accelerate the impact of social science. Zinc is financially backed by the LSE, and proud to be part of the Aspect network.