Institute of Education


Social Science Research Unit (SSRU)

Promoting evidence-informed policy and practice in education, health and welfare through ethical and participative social research.

Founding Director: Professor Ann Oakley
Director: Professor Sandy Oliver

Founded in 1990, SSRU's mission is to engage in and promote rigorous, ethical and participative social research and to support evidence-informed public policy and practice across a range of domains including education, health and welfare.

Our work is guided by a concern for human rights, social justice and the development of human potential. To this end, we engage in:

  • research and scholarship of international significance
  • the communication of evidence to relevant audiences
  • high quality, research-informed learning and teaching programmes, consultancy and other work.
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SSRU Annual Report

Find out about all our latest research, consultancy, public engagement and teaching in our annual report: