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Our Structure

The School of Social and Political Science embraces the subject areas of Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.

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Our Policies

Our policies are in place to help us function cohesively as a school whilst ensuring that all students, employees and visitors receive the highest possible standard of service.

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Calendar of the events in the School, Subjects, Centres and other units associated with us.

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Chrystal Macmillan

The School of Social and Political Science is housed in the Chrystal Macmillan building, breaking the long tradition of naming buildings in George Square after eminent 18th century men.

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School of Social and Political Science, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15A George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

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Global Health Policy Unit launches new website

Our Global Health Policy Unit (GHPU) has launched a new website, making it easier to learn about all its teaching, research and other activities addressing major challenges across the world.

NEW Intercalated Degree in the Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine

The Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA) and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) launch a new degree in Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine in September.

Social Policy Professor Wins Award

Professor Kat Smith has been awarded the Cambridge University Press Award for Excellence in Social Policy, along with her co-author Dr Ellen Stewart, for a Journal of Social Policy article titled 'We Need to Talk about Impact: Why Social Policy Academics need to Engage with the UK's Research Impact Agenda'.

Professor Jonathan Spencer elected as a Fellow of the British Academy

On 19 July 2018, Jonathan Spencer, Regius Professor of South Asian Language, Culture and Society Professor, was elected as a British Academy Fellow, in recognition of his achievements in social research.