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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 Morton presents at Club Health Lisbon 2015: The 9th International Conference on Nightlife, Substance Use and Related Health Issues

Dr Morton presented a paper on 'Harm reduction, education and boxing skills: addressing the dynamics of violence and drug use in the night life environment within a disadvantaged community' at the 19th June at Club Health Lisbon 2015.

Dr O'Brien presents her work

Dr Valerie O'Brien is presenting her work on Irish -American intercountry adoptions at the 29th Annual ARC Summer Intensives 'Adoption on the Edge: Talk about Adoption' Conference, June 21-23 in Provincetown, MA, USA. The conference aims to focus on aspects of adoption that involve diverging viewpoints among professionals, researchers, agencies and countries.

Year 1 Social Work Students present a poster at the recent IASW Conference

A poster detailing research undertake by year 1 social work students was presented at the IASW conference on June 5th by Year 1 students Megan Brick and Grace Jones on behalf of the class. As part of the Research module in social work, Year 1 students undertook a student-2-student dialogue project in which they investigated the Experiences of learning on Social Work Placement. Having blogged critical analysis and held a review forum on placement learning literature, Year 1 students designed and administered an e-survey to year 2 students. Working in teams, each student group designed questions and analysed results on a chosen theme.

Dr Flanagan presents at the IASW Conference 2015

Having spoken at the IASW conference a number of years ago when looking for research participants Dr Niamh Flanagan was pleased to have the opportunity to return to the IASW conference on June 5th to present the findings of her research on Mapping the Social Work Information Base. Building on an e-survey of 456 Irish social work practitioners Dr Flanagan presented a map of the key sources which social workers use to inform their practice. The map differentiates between the mainstay sources, regularly used sources, wish list sources and less used and less useful sources.

Social Policy PhD student awarded Best Paper Award at Chinese University of Hong Kong symposium

Michael Drew, a first year PhD student, was awarded the Best Paper Award at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Postgraduate Research Symposium on “Challenges for Social Welfare and Social Work in a Polarizing World” (held on 26-27 May). Michael is conducting researching on food poverty under the supervision of Dr Nessa Winston.

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