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Two School of Social Sciences academics in world top 100

21 February 2023

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Two of our staff are recognised in the SAGE journal Research on Social Work Practice as top 100 contributors to social work academia across the globe.

The worldwide study on career impact within the profession identified the most impactful contributors to social work journal scholarship.

Cardiff University professors Jonathan Scourfield and Sally Holland placed 41st and 92nd respectively, sharing the table with the world’s best universities.

Professor Scourfield said:

To get quality social care, we really need a body of high-quality research evidence and it’s great to see Cardiff University’s contribution to this affirmed.
Professor Jonathan Scourfield Professor

Professor Holland added:

Working with our colleagues in CASCADE children’s social care research centre, people who use social care services and practitioners, we are committed to social work research that can find constructive solutions to the challenges of social care provision in the UK and beyond.
Professor Sally Holland Professor

Overall, Cardiff University is placed in the global top 20, one of only two UK universities to achieve this.

Professor Holland and Professor Scourfield have worked at Cardiff University since 1996. They job-shared their early career posts while raising their young family.

Professor Holland was Children’s Commissioner for Wales 2015-2022, while in 2018 Professor Scourfield was seconded to the Welsh Government as a specialist policy advisor for social services for three years.

Both are now part of Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) research team.

Two people with their children in graduation robes
Sally and Jonathan pictured in 2000 receiving their PhDs in Social Work at Cardiff University, accompanied by their older two children.

The study used publication and citation data from a public database of the world’s leading scientists with social work credentials from 7 nations.

The results revealed that social work is home to some of the world’s leading scientists, with 23 social work academics identified within the top 100,000.

Find out more about social work at Cardiff University.

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