74% of our research submissions rated as world leading.


The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education combines the research expertise and resources of a modern university with those of an established medical school. We actively collaborate with public and patients, with public sector services, across our disciplines and through network organisations such as the Academic Health Science Network, South London and the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

In the 2014 HEFCE Research Excellence Framework, 74% of our Faculty research was judged as world leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*), and the remainder as internationally significant.  Our parent Universities ranked as 4th (St George’s Univerity of London ) and 75th (Kingston University ) out of 128 in global research impact.  Read about our Faculty research.

We undertake research within the following themes

Health and social care issues for people with long terms conditions and their family carers (in particular stroke, dementia, mental health problems, and people with learning disabilities). Key contacts: Professor Vari Drennan, Dr Nan Greenwood, Professor Mary Chambers, Professor Mike Hurley, Dr Fiona Jones, Professor Ruth Harris

Exercise and rehabilitation for health and well-being
Key contacts: Professor Mike Hurley, Dr Fiona Jones

Innovation and interprofessional working in the health, social care and education workforce Key contacts: Professors Ruth Harris, Scott Reeves,

Public and patient engagement in research Key contacts: Professor Mary Chambers and Dr Annette Boaz in the Centre for Public Engagement

Education practice and education for the professions Key contacts: Professor Jan Fook, Dr Val Collington,

Children and families Key contacts: Professor Ray Jones, Professor Jane Lindsay, Professor Jan Fook

Undertaking Research Training
We actively support professionals wishing to undertake research degrees and follow clinical academic careers training pathways including National Institute of Health Research places on our Masters in Research (Clinical Practice)