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UoA 21 Sociology

We are 10th in the UK, with a GPA of 3.29. 100% of our environment is deemed conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing us 5th in the UK for research environment.

Our research focuses on five broad themes: inequalities, division and diversity; culture, interaction and everyday life; crime, security and justice; science, technology and risk; and education, skills and labour market.

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level4 star %3 star %2 star % 1 star % Unclassified %
Overall 43.044.012.01.00.0
Outputs 37.940.320.21.60.0
Impact37.562.50.00.00.0
Environment75.025.00.00.00.0

Our research environment

Sociology at Cardiff University benefits from its location in an interdisciplinary School of Social Sciences. We are committed to the promotion of public and policy sociology, informed by extensive external collaboration and engagement.

We conduct innovative and impactful research that addresses 5 broad and overlapping areas: inequalities, division and diversity; culture, interaction and everyday life; crime, security and justice; science, technology and risk; and education, skills and labour market.

We have an established reputation for producing high-quality research that benefits a wide range of external stakeholders. We work closely with valued non-academic collaborators to co-produce meaningful research and we use our findings to inform the advice and training we provide to diverse organisations.

Our research grant capture was £27.7 million during the REF period, almost doubling our research income from 2014. We supervised over 90 doctoral degrees to completion; over half of these were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. We recruited 21 new academic colleagues in this REF period, bolstering established areas of excellence. These appointments, together with the establishment of SPARK, the world’s first social science research park (representing an investment of £300 million), reflect our commitment to maintaining the vibrancy of theoretically informed, empirical research in sociology.

Discover our research

We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus which is interdisciplinary, innovative and has impact.

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Listening to survivors of child sexual exploitation

Dr Sophie Hallett’s pioneering research has made young people’s views integral to decisions on their care.

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Research at the School of Social Sciences

Our research is interdisciplinary, innovative and has impact. We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus.

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Impact at the School of Social Sciences

We are proud of our record of impacting upon public debate, policy development and practice based innovations.