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Public Engagement with Research

Social Sciences and the ESRC

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and civil society.

The ESRC is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established by Royal Charter in 1965 and is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The research they found is rigorous and authoritative, as they support independent, high-quality, relevant social science.

What is social science?

What are social sciences and how they cover the full span of human behaviour - from linguistics and psychology to business and management studies.

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Social Sciences at The University of Southampton 

The Faculty of Social Sciences is home to Southampton Law School, Southampton Business School, Southampton Education School, Mathematical Sciences and Economic, Social and Political Sciences.

The Faculty's research facilities include Public Policy Southampton, the Institute for Maritime Law, CORMSIS, and a number of other specialist institutes, including the ESRC Centre for Population Change and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. The Faculty also hosts the University’s Public Engagement with Research unit. The schools address issues that matter to people and society, and our success is built on quality research.

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