Teaching and learning support for social policy academics working in universities

Higher Education Subject Centres

A wide range of publications and resources to support social policy lecturers who teach are available via the Higher Education Academy Subject Centres. Each Subject centre supports a UK wide network of services designed to support teaching practice including events, resources and occasional funding for pedagogic research and development projects. Subject and cognate centres which may be of interest to Social Policy Association members include:

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) promotes excellence in social science research methodologies by undertaking research, training and capacity building activities and by disseminating up-to-date information. Support for teachers of undergraduate and postgraduate quantitative methods include events and resources such as:

Bi-annual Research Methods Festival. The festival has a useful “what is…?” format where speakers highlight problems and difficulties they have experienced when devising and using research methods.

The British Library
The British Library has a Social Sciences reading room and also offers an expert online help service for social science researchers.