University of York

A long term contribution to UK social policies to improve the lives of vulnerable people


Through its groundbreaking research into poverty, ageing, disability, chronic ill-health and family problems, the University’s Social Policy Research Unit has had a major impact on social policy and practice around the world. Its work has directly led to improved support for disabled children’s families, young people leaving care, frail older people living at home, carers and vulnerable families and individuals. Acknowledged as a leader in its field, the Unit’s research methods have been widely adopted abroad.