School of Social Work, Care and Community

School of Social Work, Care and Community

The School of Social Work, Care and Community is proud of its national reputation for delivering high quality education for social work, social care, the children and young people’s workforce, and community leadership and engagement. The School has a vibrant community of research-active staff engaged in a wide range of research activities that make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, and which influences policy and practice both strategically and at grassroots level. 

About the school

School of Social Work, Care and Community


Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, the School is premised upon supporting and embedding the principles of social justice across all activities and making a significant contribution to ‘Creating Better Futures’.

The School aims to be recognised as a world-class provider of innovative, real-world education and research that is underpinned by a commitment to social justice.

The School works closely with students to help them develop their potential and actively make a positive difference in the community.

We deliver a wide portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as offering a broad range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for professionals working within the social work and social care fields.

School Aims

  • To be the sector lead in social work and social care education, community volunteering and leadership, and services and systems for the children and young people’s workforce 
  • To be the first choice provider for continuing professional development provision in the North West and beyond
  • To be the first choice, sector-leading provider of asset- and arts-based approaches to transform social care and community engagement

  • For all students and staff to contribute to a learning culture which is based on excellence and is committed to maximising strengths and attainment
  • To generate sustained excellence in research outputs, that makes a difference to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, and which influences policy and practice strategically and at grassroots level
  • For the values of social justice to permeate everything we do

Top Education Provider


The School of Social Work, Care and Community is the largest provider of social work education in the UK with a reputation for delivering high quality education.

Countless Opportunties


We offer a wide range of courses in Social Work, Social Care and Community Development allowing you to study in a range of relevant subjects, depending on your interest.

Strong Agency Links


We have long standing relationships with a wide range of agencies across the North West where students are supported to gain practical experience through undertaking placements, work experience and volunteering.



One of the significant strengths of the School of Social Work is its liaison with external agencies and those seeking, or representing those seeking, the services of social agencies.

We also work with those wishing to develop their expertise through research and training. The School has a wealth of experience and expertise to bring to such relationships and previous examples include:

  • The School of Social Work Service User and Carer Advisory Group (SUCAG).
  • The School undertakes action-orientated 'practice-near research' through close working with groups and agencies to identify issues and challenges and to propose and develop solutions to practice-based problems.

The School has the ability to call upon a wide range of colleagues from a variety of discipline backgrounds, to carry out training needs analysis.

From this analysis the team are able to suggest, develop and implement training interventions geared around the resolution of short-term problems or the facilitation of longer-term strategies.


The School has a strong research portfolio, with a research theme Social Work and Social Policy supporting five centres of excellence:

Centre for Citizenship and Community
Provides support for policy, research, learning and local practice in community engagement and social inclusion.

Psychosocial Research Unit
Works to promote and develop research that uses psychosocial methods.

Connect Centre for International Research in Interpersonal Violence and Harm
Conducts research to influence change and to prevent and reduce all forms of sexual, gender based and interpersonal violence against adults, children and young people.

The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
Promoting and researching participation, inclusion and empowerment.

Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
Designing and delivering world class courses, projects and volunteering opportunities in the UK and internationally.