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Welcome to UCD School of Applied Social Science – centre of excellence for research, teaching and professional training in social policy and social work. We offer diverse programmes including BSocSc, H.Dips, certificate and diploma courses in drugs/alcohol work, CPD modules, MSocSc and PhDs in social work and social policy (e.g. housing, family, child welfare, health care, and migration). Download UCD Social Science Booklet



Prof. Fanning's book reviewed in The Irish Times (29 March 2015)

"Taking in Edmund Burke, Friedrich Engels, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Conor Cruise O’Brien, among others, this is lively, provocative and insightful intellectual history" writes Prof. Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (former professor of history at NUI Galway) in the Irish Times. Go to the following link to read more.

​Writers Workshop by Prof. Campbell

​Prof. Jim Campbell facilitated a Writers Workshop on Tu​esday the 24th March at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin 8.The workshop set out to inform participants about some of the processes involved in writing to get published, as well as demystifying this increasingly important activity for the profession.

Senator Jillian van Turnhout Opens World Social Work Day Seminar

Senator Jillian van Turnhout gave the opening address at the School of Applied Social Science’s Seminar to mark World Social Work Day on Friday the 20th of March. The seminar, organised in conjunction with the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), focused on the international theme of ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’. In her address the Senator spoke about the important role played by social workers in working with asylum seekers living in direct provision as well as their role in supporting people who have experienced gender based violence.

Dr Winston awarded UCD Seed Funding

Dr Nessa Winston has been awarded UCD Seed Funding towards dissemination and outputs for a specialist workshop on ‘Housing and Urban Sustainability’ at the European Network for Housing Researchers’ Conference in Lisbon, June 28th-July 1st, 2015.

Dr Rush's paper accepted for the 2nd Academic Conference on Missing Children and Adults

Dr Michael Rush's paper on 'Missing Children in Ireland' has been accepted for presentation at the 2nd Academic Conference on Missing Children and Adults taking place in Vrije University Brussels 8-10 July 2015 and organised by Missing Children Europe (MCE) and the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons (Portsmouth UK).

Dr Michelle Norris Head of School

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