About Social Work

At Keele, we provide high quality social work education, grounded in research, that is highly relevant for professional practice in the current world. We offer programmes at undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels in a friendly environment. Research, knowledge creation and engagement with regional, national and international communities are central to our approach.

The quality of teaching and learning at Keele has been widely acknowledged externally. We were in the top 5 for teaching quality in the 2017 Times Good University Guide and have a consistently high ranking in student satisfaction tables including being first for student satisfaction with their course in the 2018 Guardian league table.

Studying social work at Keele is vibrant and lively, with our strong network of agency partners that provide high quality practice experiences and our wide ranging international links, some overseas placements are possible as well as participation in a social work summer school in Finland.

In the 2014 national review of research in UK universities (REF), 74% of social work research was judged to be “world-leading” and  “internationally excellent” and Keele was judged to be in top third of UK universities for research power in both social work and social policy.  Also in 2014, following a successful relationship between social work and law colleagues, Social Work Law @Keele was established.