Over 70 years of the School of Sociology and Social Policy

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School of Sociology and Social Policy - Timeline

Our history

Our global reputation for progressive study in social science is built upon a legacy of notable alumni, landmark research and world-changing innovation across the disciplines of sociology and social policy.

Explore our timeline which traces the School's 70-year history from 1946 to the present day.


Ferando Henriques is appointed as lecturer of Social Anthropology. He is one of the first black social scientists to be elected in a British university.


Reflecting the rapid growth of social science research, the School expands to encompass Sociology and Public Administration.


Fiona Williams OBE publishes [name], a leading investigation into the impact of [subject].

Tony Coxon completes PhD in [field]. He will later become principal investigator of Project SIGMA, a major HIV/Aids investigation informing government and World Health Organisation policy.


Dr Colin Barnes establishes the Centre for Disability Studies, incorporating and developing the research of the Disability Research Unit.


The Bauman Institute is founded by Dr Mark Davis, collaborating with the Faculty of Arts, the Leeds University Business School and the Sustainability Research Institute to develop critical empirical analyses of social, economic, environmental and political life.


Sociology in Action launches Beyond the University, linking students with local organisations to support social reform through collaborative research projects.


Social sciences at Leeds ranked 88th in the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education.