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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



Dr Flanagan's Student-2-Student Research Project

The Social Work Research Module's development of a Student-2-Student research project has been featured in UCD's Teaching & Learning Showcase. The showcase, which is accessible at, outlines the operation and development of the module including its research teaching, use of Wikispaces Classroom and outcomes which included the students' recent poster presentation at the Irish Association of Social Work Conference.

Ms Jennings presented recently at the JSWEC 2015 conference (Open University, UK)

Anna presented a paper at the annual JSWEC conference in Milton Keynes, which was hosted by the Open University on this occasion. The paper, entitled Gatekeepers to the profession? An evaluation of an admissions process in a social work programme in the Republic of Ireland, presented an initial evaluation of the School’s admissions process to the MSocSc (Social Work) programme. This is the first stage of a two step evaluation process. The conference was held July 14th – 17th. The theme of the conference was Social Work Education and Research Across Boundaries.

School hosts a social policy seminar "Paradoxes of Housing-based Welfare in Ireland and the UK"

Speaker: Dr Beverley Searle (University of Dundee). Commentator: Dr Rory O’Donnell (Director of National Economic & Social Council of Ireland, NESC). Chair: Dr Stephan Köppe (our School / Geary Institute). The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 8th September 2015 at 4 pm (followed by wine reception) in James Connolly Hall, Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay, Dublin 1. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to:

Dr Rush presents at the 2nd Academic Conference on Missing Children and Adults

Dr Mick Rush's paper is entitled "Repeat reports of missing children in Ireland: a comparative perspective". The conference took place between 8 and 10 July 2015 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and was organised by Missing Children Europe (MCE) and the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons (Portsmouth UK).

Dr Köppe presented at the Social Policy Association Annual Conference in Belfast

Dr Stephan Köppe presented a paper, together with Dr Beverley Searle (University of Dundee, Scotland), entitled 'Towards Asset-building Welfare. Ideology versus Evidence' at the Social Policy Association Annual Conference in Belfast. The paper is based on the JRF report Assets, savings and wealth, and poverty: A review of evidence.

Dr Michelle Norris Head of School

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