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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


Our colleague, Dr Mary Allen passed away on the 25th June, 2013. She will be sorely missed.


The 1st HOPS-UCD Joint Workshop held in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

The workshop was entitled "Contested Citizenship and Social Justice in East Asia: Migration in Japan and Korea". Dr Naomi Chi (Hokkaido Public Policy School (HOPS)), together with her colleagues, visited the School in April 2014, and agreed to organise this workshop with Dr Nao Kodate. He acted as a moderator for this session.

Dr Norris writes on social housing in Irish Times (5 August 2014)

Her article is entitled 'Getting the foundations right for social housing'.

Dr Loughran co-edits a special issue on Substance Abuse

Dr Hilda Loughran, along with Dr Wulf Livingston of Glyndŵr University, Wales, has edited a special issue on substance abuse in the journal, Social Work Education.

Dr O'Brien speaks at the IFCO 2014 conference in Waterford

The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) 2014 conference will be held at Waterford Institute of Technology between 26 and 29 August. Dr Valerie O'Brien will give a presentation entitled "Formal & Informal Kinship care: Its Location within the Alternative Care & Family Support Systems?"

Dr Ní Raghallaigh speaks at the conference ‘Refugees and Migrants: Unaccompanied Children in Britain 1914-2014’.

The conference is held at the University of Southampton, UK (17-18 July). It is organised by the University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex.

Head of School _Prof B Fanning

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