Social Sciences

The Social Sciences cluster provides dedicated support for teaching and learning across a range of disciplines, working closely with higher education providers to enhance the student learning experience. Our aim is to support the sector in developing capable and critical learners who are able to actively contribute to generating social and economic well-being in a fast changing world.

The information provided here includes overviews of our disciplinary and cross-disciplinary work, as well as links to publications and contact details for the team. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch. We hope you share our passion for social science education and look forward to working with you.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy

Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy is led by Dr Ben Brabon

Dr Ben Brabon, Academic Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Ben joined the Higher Education Academy in February 2016 as Academic Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to this he was Academic Courses Manager within the executive team of the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University. A former Reader in English Literature and Digital Education with 5 books to his name, Ben is recognised within the sector for his work on Digital Education, MOOCs, Gothic fiction and Gender Studies. The convenor of the UK’s first undergraduate credit-bearing MOOC, Ben has worked with the QAA, HEFCE and Swedish Ministry of Education in this area and his pedagogic research has been cited by the former Universities Minister, David Willetts.


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HEA Resources

The HEA has over 600 resources, which are continually added to and updated, to support teaching within the Social Sciences disciplines. These resources aim to bring you up to date with the latest innovative practice within your area, along with tools which can aid your professional development within higher education teaching.

HEA resources are accessed through our Knowledge Hub. Here you can browse:


HEA Blogs

The HEA Social Sciences blog is about empowering our discipline communities. It provides an opening to express our academic experience, share innovative learning and teaching, demonstrate our creativity and generate enthusiasm for what we do.

Take a look at our collection of blogs

National Teaching Fellowship Innovative Pedagogies

National Teaching Fellows were asked to produce reports on the innovative pedagogies they have used in their practice which has led to them being recognised. The series is available to view in the Knowledge HUB and can be cut by discipline.

Social Sciences Innovation Pedagogies Reports