The Social Research Unit (SRU) was created in 1983 with a one time non-renewable grant of $500 from the Office of the VP Research. While the SRU's mandate has been to facilitate and support Department of Sociology faculty members' research and the dissemination of findings, the SRU has expanded its operations to provide technical and infrastructural research support and assistance to faculty members from other academic units and organizations.
The SRU provides essential infrastructural and technical support and assistance to faculty members. Through infrastructural and professional expertise, the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan provides a research supportive environment. Through the Social Research Unit (SRU) the Department provides dedicated office space, with five work stations, with specialty bibliographic and quantitative and qualitative data management and analysis software, in addition to a telephone survey capacity to support faculty research activities.