50 Years of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Founded in October 1966 as the Department of Social Theory and Institutions in what was then the University College of North Wales, its raison d'ĂȘtre was to understand the rapid and far-reaching changes to social institutions of the 1960s, and to address the need for qualified practitioners in the expanding social services.

The School has undergone many changes over the past 50 years. It has also grown considerably: in 1966, we had three members of staff, including the School’s first professor of Social Theory and Institutions, 107 undergraduate students, one PhD, one MA and one MSc student. Teaching and research was focussed on Sociology, Social Administration, and Politics.

Today, we have a total of over 40 teaching, research and administrative staff and we are home to over 400 undergraduate, 50 taught postgraduate and 20 research students. Our research and teaching focus falls under three main categories:

  • Health, Social Care, Welfare, and Wellbeing
  • Communities, Cultures, Language and Identities
  • Crime, Criminal Justice, and Society

Above: current staff from the School of Social Sciences

The School remains engaged with the local community and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through the medium of Welsh, including a qualifying MA Social Work degree in partnership with local authorities in North Wales.

Our alumni and former staff can be found working throughout Wales and the United Kingdom in government and public services, education, media and third sector organisations. Many have made longer journeys and are influencing social policy and social sciences education as far away as Australia.