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Congratulations to Orla Crowe

Orla Crowe

Congratulations to Orla Crowe, Year 1 PhD student, who was an invited Plenary Speaker at the National Psycho-oncology Symposium held in St Vincent's University Hospital on Friday 12th October. Her presentation was entitled ‘Unmet Need – the Patient’s Perspective’. In the photograph, Orla is first on the left with, from left to right, Professor Diana Harcourt, Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) University of the West of England, Bristol, Dr Jerome Coffey, Director of the National Cancer Control Programme and Professor Hugh Mulcahy, St. Vincent's University Hospital. Orla is in the very early stages of her PhD study which is investigating the lived experience of mothers of young people living with intellectual disability. Her supervisor is Professor Robbie Gilligan.  

 

19 October, 2018


 

School Welcomes Dr Maria Pallisera from University of Girona as Academic Visitor this Term

Maria Pallisera

 

Dr. Maria Pallisera received her PhD in Education in 1994 from University of Girona, where she is an associate professor at the Department of Pedagogy,  former coordinator of Social Education Degree, and the present coordinator of the PhD Programme in Education.  Her current research interests are focused on social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities (independent living, community participation and supporting social networks and relationships of people with intellectual disabilities), as well as inclusive research. In the past she has worked on studies linked to work inclusion (supported employment) and transition to adult life. 

For more details about her work please see here.

 

 

11 October, 2018


School Well Represented at Major International Conference on Child Welfare - EUSARF in Porto

EUSARF

Four members of the School contributed to the programme of the European Scientific Association for Residential and Family Care (EUSARF) 2018 Conference in Porto from 2nd to 5th October. The title of the conference was ‘All Children, All Families – Promoting Excellence in Child Welfare Research, Policy and Practice.


Natalie Glynn, PhD student (Supervisor: Asst. Prof Paula Mayock) presented a paper entitled ‘Surrounded by People Yet Alone? Findings from a Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Aging Out of State Care in Ireland’. Sinead Whiting PhD student (Supervisor: Prof. Robbie Gilligan) presented her poster entitled ‘The Transition from Care to Adoption in Late Teen Years’.


Asst Prof Eavan Brady (PhD supervisor: Prof Robbie Gilligan) gave two presentations based on her PhD research: ‘What is Placement Success? Reflections on the Educational Outcomes of Care-Experienced Adults’ and ‘Positive Turning Points in the Educational Journeys of Care-Experienced Adults: Preliminary Findings of a Life-Course Study’.


Professor Robbie Gilligan gave an invited keynote address entitled ‘Work: A New Frontier in Promoting Positive Transitions for Young People Leaving Care'. He also co-convened a symposium entitled ‘Young Adult Care Leavers in the World of Work’ with Dr Laura Arnau-Sabates, UAB – Autonomous University of Barcelona. He was also one of the five presenters at the Symposium with a paper co-authored with Dr Laura Arnau-Sabates entitled ‘Pathways from Care to Work Study – Some Key Learning to Date’. Professor Gilligan was also co-author of two other presentations. The first was led by Dr Riikki Korkiamaki, University of Tampere entitled ‘Marginalised Young People and Misrecognition: A Case Study from Residential Care with Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Finland’, and the second was co-authored with a team led by Dr Paulo Delgado, School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal (ESEPP), Vania Salvador Pinto, University of Oxford, and Joao M. S. Carvalho, University of Minho, entitled ‘Contact in Foster Care: What’s Happening in Portugal from the Children’s Perspective?’ Professor Gilligan also gave a Pre-Conference presentation at the EUSARF Academy for PhD students entitled ‘Introducing Yourself’.

08 October, 2018


Dr. Paula Mayock participates in UNECE panel on homelessness and housing

UNECE

Dr Paula Mayock was one of three experts invited to participate in a ‘Library Panel Event’ on homelessness and housing organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), held at Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on October 3rd. Conciding with World Habitat Day, this was one of a series of events organised by the UNECE to highlight the issue of homelessness. Other panelists included Juha Kaakinen, CEO of the Y-Foundation in Finland and Miloon Kothari, President of UPR Info and Former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

 

 

05 October, 2018


The School Welcomes Elli Wilson, Research Assistant

Elli Wilson

The School welcomes Elli Wilson, who has recently taken up the post of Research Assistant. Elli will work on the qualitative arm of a HRB-funded mixed-methods study entitled 'Methadone Substitution Treatment: Mortality and Progression Pathways'. Dr. Gráinne Cousins at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the quantitative arm of the study while Dr. Paula Mayock is the PI of the qualitative component of the research.


Elli’s BA was in Social Anthropology, Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she conducted ethnographic research amongst feminist activists in London and also received a travel grant to explore post-Soviet national identity in Slovakia. She was involved in student campaigns for gender equality and spent time as the academic representative for her course as well as in several college committee positions.


Having moved to Dublin in 2017 Elli recently completed an MPhil in Gender Studies at Trinity. For her thesis she conducted research in the form of online surveys and in-depth interviews among users of long-acting reversible contraception LARC in the UK with a focus on choice, control and autonomy.


Elli’s research interests centre on gender and health inequalities with a perspective informed by medical anthropology. She uses her background in activism and volunteering with vulnerable groups to inform theory with practice and is looking forward to working on a mixed-methods project for the first time.

01 October, 2018


Congratulations to Amy Stapleton and Danielle O’Sullivan, recipients of the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship

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The School of Social Work and Social Policy congratulates two PhD students, Amy Stapleton and Danielle O’Sullivan, who have been awarded funding for their PhD research by the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship programme. Both Amy and Danielle are supervised by Assistant Professor Paula Mayock.

Amy Stapleton

Amy’s PhD research will examine the experiences of separated children as they transition to adulthood in two European contexts (France and Ireland) using a comparative, participatory action research approach. 
Amy has a background in international development and policy, with a strong focus on migration and youth issues. In 2012, Amy was awarded a two-year Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study on the MITRA Masters programme in Intercultural Mediation: Identities, Mobilities and Conflicts. She has lectured in Intercultural Communication, Migration, Research Methods and English in the University of Lille and the Catholic University of Lille. Since 2015, as associate editor of the Student Forum with the international journal AI & Society, and as founder of the Young Researchers Forum within an international technical committee (TC9.5 Technology, Ethics, International Stability and Culture (TECIS), IFAC), Amy has been working to promote the increased participation of young researchers, particularly from developing countries and marginalised communities, within academia.

Danielle O’Sullivan

Danielle’s PhD research focuses on the lived experience of lesbian, gay and bisexual prisoners (LGB) in Ireland. Her research is qualitative and seeks to bridge a clear gap in knowledge and understanding of LGB prisoners, a population that is frequently side-lined or ignored.
Danielle holds a Master of Social Science: Rights and Social Policy, Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Business from Maynooth University. She worked in the legal and policy sectors prior to commencing her PhD and has a particular interest in the conduct of research with vulnerable populations. Danielle has a long-standing interest in lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, specifically, and criminal justice and has volunteered in a number of roles relating to LGB and mental health advocacy.

26 September, 2018


Dr Erna O'Connor Presents Paper at 12th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work

St John's Oxford

 

Dr Erna O'Connor presented a paper entitled 'Addressing the emotional and unconscious aspects of practice teaching and learning - the potential of relationship-based practice' at the 12th International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work at St. John's College, Oxford  on September 11th

 

 

 

12 September, 2018


Support Services in European Countries for Victims of Violence in Asylum and Migration

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work Maeve Foreman was one of two national experts invited to attend the European Commission’s Mutual Learning Seminar on Support Services for Victims of Violence in Asylum and Migration in Athens last February 2018, part of the Mutual learning in Gender Equality programme. She wrote and presented the Irish Comments Paper on ‘Migrant Women and Gender Based Violence: Policy, Research and Practice’. The final report of the seminar and updated comments papers from all 13 EU countries who participated are now available online.

 

 

11 September, 2018


Professor Robbie Gilligan completes stint as Visiting Professor at University of Sussex

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Professor Robbie Gilligan recently completed a twelve week stint as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Innovation and Research on Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. During his time there, Robbie presented a seminar in the CIRCY Fifth Anniversary Seminar Series on May 14th entitled ‘The World of Work in the Lives of Looked-after Young People and Care Leavers – The Importance of Harnessing its Transformative Potential’. He also presented a seminar for staff from Brighton and Hove City Council on June 24th entitled ‘From Narratives of Failure to Narratives of Potential - re-imagining work with children and young people in care and care leavers’.

 

 

 

23 August, 2018


Congratulations to Dr Louise Caffrey on her recently published articles

Louise Caffrey

Dr Louise Caffrey has recently published an article co-authored with Professor Ewan Ferlie and Professor Christopher McKevitt, both of King's College London, entitled "The strange resilience of new public management: the case of medical research in the UK's national health service" in the Public Management Review.

She has also recently published the article "A systems approach to policy evaluation", with Professor Eileen Munro of the London School of Economics, in Evaluation.

 

 

15 August, 2018


Final Call - Last Remaining Places on the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare

The School of Social Work and Social Policy are now taking final applications for the remaining place on the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare.

This national, multi-disciplinary, in-service course is sponsored by the Child and Family Agency and is aimed at experienced, professionally qualified personnel who carry regular responsibility for management/training/frontline delivery of child protection and welfare services under the Child Care Act 1991, the Children Act 2001 and related legislation.  Course participants normally include service managers and supervisory/main grade professionals (social workers, public health nurses, psychologists, doctors, Gardai, child care workers, speech and language therapists, teachers, lawyers, youth and project workers, etc.). A second year leading to a M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare is available to eligible candidates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma with a 2.1 or better result.

More information about the course can be found on our information page.

There is also a fully funded scholarship, available for Tusla staff, for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare. For more information on this click here.

Any queries about this course should be directed to the Course Director, Dr Stephanie Holt.

03 August, 2018


Virpi Timonen’s term as President of the Research Committee on Ageing of the International Sociological Association ends

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After serving as President of the Research Committee on Ageing (RC11) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the four-year inter-congress period of 2014-18, Virpi Timonen oversaw the election of a new committee at the World Congress in Toronto, Canada, 15-21 July. Pictured, from left to right, Past President (2010-14) Professor Anne Martin-Matthews (University of British Columbia, Canada), Immediate Past President (2014-18) Professor Virpi Timonen (Trinity College Dublin), and newly-elected President Professor Sandra Torres (Uppsala University, Sweden) who will serve from now until the next world Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in 2022. As President, Virpi Timonen sponsored and oversaw two inter-congress meetings of the RC11, held at Syracuse University, US, in 2015 and in Vienna, Austria, in 2016. She also introduced a new Emerging Scholars award for RC11 members.

 

30 July, 2018


Congratulations to Dr Derina Johnson, recent PhD graduate from our School, who had a publication piece relating to her PhD research published in The Conversation

Derina Johnson


Derina wrote about the boys trapped with their football coach in caves in Thailand, and how a number of them, including the coach, were stateless. One boy, Adul Sa-mon, had received a lot of media coverage for being the only English speaker among the group, facilitating communication with the British rescue divers. Drawing on her research with young people living with uncertain or stateless documentation in Thailand, Derina argued how the episode served to underline the talents and capacity of this very marginalised group of young people. The piece can be read here.

 

 

 

20 July, 2018


Congratulations BSS Class of 2018

Congratulations and best wishes to our recent undergraduate social work students who graduated on Thursday 21st June.

20 July 2018


 

Applications are now open for the ONLINE CPD Course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners, offered by Mason Hayes & Curran and Trinity College

CPD advertising

Following the recent amendment to the Irish Constitution (Article 42A) and the introduction of a range of new Child Protection Legislation, such as the Children First Act 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, Child Protection Practitioners have identified the need for further training to carry out their roles and responsibilities within the current legal framework. In response to this, Mason Hayes & Curran, in collaboration with the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, are pleased to announce a new ONLINE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners.

This four week online course, commencing on September 24, 2018 at a cost of €200, is relevant to Allied Health Professionals within the scope of Child Protection and Welfare including Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Family Support Workers, Public Health Nurses and Gardaí. Participants of the course will be able to access relevant and up to date online learning materials at their convenience over a four week period from September 24, 2018. The online course includes videos, interactive presentations, case examples, case law, and discussion. The closing date for course registration is September 9, 2018

13 July, 2018


Social Work, Education and Social Development International Conference

SWSD conference

Congratulations to School staff who were involved in the organisation and running of the hugely successful Social Work, Education and Social Development international conference which took place at the RDS from 4th-7th July 2018 attracting over 2,200 delegates from over 100 countries.  organised on behalf of the International Federation of Social Workers, The International Schools of Social Work and the International Council on Social Welfare. The four Schools of Social Work (TCD; UCD; NUI Galway; and UCC) partnered very successfully with the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland, the Irish Association of Social Workers and their counterparts BASW Northern Ireland. The event was kindly sponsored by the Department of Child & Youth Affairs, The Probation Service and Tusla, The Child & Family Agency and there was a great mix of both Irish and international delegates throughout a lively, stimulating and engaging programme

In addition to those with responsibility at Local Organising and Scientific Committee level (Gloria Kirwan; Trevor Spratt; Robbie Gilligan; Stephanie Holt – Co-chair of the Scientific Committee; Michael Feely; Maeve Foreman), other school staff also contributed to the programme by presenting papers and indeed chairing session (Julie Byrne; Eavan Brady; Erna O’Connor) and our PhD and social work student communities were busy supporting the conference also by volunteering their time as helpers and chairs of various sessions. Please see attached photograph in addition to an artist impression of the key messages from the keynote speakers over the course of the conference. The daily recap for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are also available to view.

July 20th, 2018


Congratulations to Ivana Pericin, recipient of Provost's PhD Scholarship Award

Ivana PericinThe School congratulates Ivana Pericin, recipient of a 4-year PhD Scholarship associated with the Provost’s Project Awards.

Ivana holds an MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict from Trinity College Dublin (2016) and a BA in Social Sciences (2015). Since 2017, Ivana has worked as a researcher in primary health care at the Irish College of General Practitioners, where she has been involved in a number of research projects on mental health, manpower planning, health equity, E-Health, educational needs assessments and health services research. She is the lead author of a recently published article in the British Journal of General Practice. Ivana was previously involved in research that focused on the health needs of, and improvement of health services for, vulnerable groups, including migrants. Her research interests and desire to be involved in projects committed to marginalised groups is also demonstrated through her volunteering experience in a number of organisations, including the Ana Liffey Drug Project and Our Lady's Hospice.
Ivana’s PhD research, which will examine migrant homelessness, is associated with a larger study entitled ‘Migrant Homelessness in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study’. This research aims to explore the range of factors and processes that lead migrants into homelessness, influence their patterns of movement through service systems and impact their ability to access and maintain housing over time. Ivana will be supervised by Dr. Paula Mayock, Principal Investigator of this research, which was awarded funding under the Provost’s Project Awards.

June 19th, 2018


School Congratulates Recipients of '1252' PhD Awards

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A three-year ‘1252’ PhD scholarship has been awarded to Katharine Schulmann, and Calvin Swords was successful in winning a one-year ‘1252’ PhD award – warmest congratulations to both! Below, you can read a short outline of their backgrounds and plans for PhD research.

Katharine Schulmann holds an MSc degree in Global Health and Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh’s Global Public Health Unit and a BA in English Literature from Davidson College in the US. Since 2013, Katharine has worked as researcher and policy analyst with the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna, Austria on numerous projects related to ageing and long-term care. Previously, Katharine completed a traineeship with the Pan American Health Organization’s Noncommunicable Disease Unit in Washington, DC and worked at the social policy consulting firm Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including the European Journal of Ageing, as well as in publications with an applied policy focus, including the European Commission’s Social Situation Monitor.

Katharine’s PhD research will look at the structural, organizational and interpersonal discrimination older women face in accessing long-term care services, and the extent to which existing international and national human rights standards enable or mitigate such discrimination. The project will apply intersectionality theory to the discussion of discrimination and will use qualitative methods. Katharine’s PhD will be supervised by Professor Virpi Timonen. Of note, Katharine’s was the highest-ranked application this year in the Faculty-wide ‘1252’ competition.

Calvin Swords graduated from Trinity College Dublin with his Master in Social Work degree in 2017. Prior to this, he studied Social Science in University College Dublin, majoring in sociology and social policy. During his time on the Social Science undergraduate programme, Calvin volunteered with a number of services including Dementia Ireland, Samaritans and HSE Mental Health Services. He has worked with people from across the lifespan in a number of settings, including Tusla Child and Family Agency, Primary Care, Disability Services and Medical social work.

Calvin’s PhD topic is Exploring the Concept of Recovery in Irish Mental Services – Moving from Policy to Practice. The research will be the first and most comprehensive assessment of the concept of recovery from an Irish context, with the current literature on the topic identifying the transition from policy to practice as being inconsistent and fragmented. Most importantly, the contribution of social work will be explored and evaluated in relation to recovery oriented services.Calvin’s PhD will be supervised by Professor Stan Houston.

Congratulations Katharine and Calvin, and all the best for your PhD journey!

June 13th, 2018


Congratulations to Eavan Brady on her recently published co-authored article in the International Journal of Child and Adolescent  Resilience.

This article was co-authored with Eavan’s former colleagues in Practice and Research Together (PART) Canada. The article is entitled: The Role of Technology in Evidence-informed Practice: Uniting the Human and the Digital in Child Welfare. The article can be read in full here

June 10th, 2018


Asst Prof Dr Catherine Conlon is interviewed about her research on Crisis Pregnancy by Le Monde newspaper in advance of May 25th Referendum

View article here

May 25, 2018


Link to London Independent Video on Upcoming Referendum Featuring Staff member Dr Catherine Conlon

Catherine Conlon

 

Dr Catherine Conlon talks about the upcoming Irish referendum in this video link from the London Independent.

 

 

 

May 22, 2018


Congratulations to Final Year Masters in Social Work Students who Presented Key Findings from their Masters Dissertations at the Annual Masters in Social Work Research Colloquium

MSW research colloquium

 

The event was attended by School staff, first year Masters in Social Work students, and visiting staff and students from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Dissertations explored a wide range of social and psychosocial issues and presentations generated great interest and discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2018


Podcast of presentation by Professor Robbie Gilligan at University of Oxford.

Robbie Gilligan

 

Professor Robbie Gilligan presented a public seminar entitled “The Untapped Potential of 'Work' for Looked After Young People – Challenges and Opportunities” hosted by the School of Education in the University of Oxford recently. A podcast of the event is available here. A blog about the event is also available here.

 

May 18, 2018


Research published last week by the HSE led by Dr Catherine Conlon with Prof Virpi Timonen and Georga Dowling features in Irish Times

Catherine Conlon

Research published last week by the HSE led by Dr Catherine Conlon with Prof Virpi Timonen and Georga Dowling features in the Irish Times.


The research explored parents communication with younger children aged 4-9 years about relationships, sexuality and growing up and found that while different parents approach communicating with their younger children about relationships, sexuality and growing up in different ways, parents generally considered it to be a difficult or tricky topic and one that did not come easy to them, mostly due to the culture that prevailed as they themselves had grown up.  Parents overwhelmingly reported wanting to be able to have open and honest conversations with their children but felt a lack of confidence in doing this. They want to have the skills to be an effective and reassuring source of information, guidance and support for their children, but many feel unprepared to do this and would welcome support.

The research report ‘Supporting Parents Communicating with Children Aged 4–9 Years about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ and associated research summary are also available to download here.

The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) also released a new resource for parents, ’Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ is available to download here.

May 16, 2018


Finnish National Broadcaster Features Pieces on Ageing and Demography in Ireland

Virpi Timonen

 

Finnish national broadcaster features pieces on ageing and demography in Ireland, drawing on interviews with Professor Timonen.

The long blog post featuring data and interviews on ageing, fertility and immigration in Ireland (in Finnish) can be found here.

The TV news item can be viewed at 9:15 minutes to 11:30 minutes in this clip.

 

 

May 08, 2018


2nd Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Galway Report Published

Eoin O'Sullivan

The 2nd Interim Report of the Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Galway, chaired by Head of School, Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, was published on the 26th of April 2018.


The Report endorses and confirms the recommendation in 2015 the Galway Local Government Review Committee Report for amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils, and states that this is now all the more urgent in order to capitalise on the funding opportunities under the National Planning Framework and the Capital Programme and to have the capacity to engage in activity such as capital development funded by borrowings. The Group is unanimous in its view that amalgamation is required to drive the development of Galway, in the context of its regional, national, and international remit.

The full report can be found here.

 

April 27, 2018


Congratulations to the Masters in Applied Social Research Class of 2017

ASR Graduates

 

Warm congratulations to the Masters in Applied Social Research Class of 2017 who graduated on Friday, April 20th. Photographed here (left to right from front row) are: Laurin Grabowsky, Kathyan Kelly, Isabelle Griffin, Michelle Reilly, Clare O’Toole, Natalie Johnson, Aisling Heary, Elizabeth Doyle, Ashleigh Gorman, Emma Burke, Nadia Binte Zailani and Course Director, Dr. Paula Mayock.

 

Wishing all of the class the very best in their future careers.

 

 

April 26, 2018


School of Social Work and Social Policy Hosts the First Cross-Border Event of the Northern Irish Branch of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG)

School hosted the first cross-border event of the Northern Irish branch of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG). Presenters from TCD were doctoral candidate Catherine Elliott O’Dare, and Visiting Research Fellow Dr Riikka Korkiamaki. The event was chaired by Dr Gemma Carney from Queen’s University Belfast (chair of the NI branch of BSG). For  a blog post on the event, please see here.

 

 

 

April 24, 2018


Information About Doing a PhD in the School of Social Work and Social Policy

 

To hear more about doing a PhD in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, from current students and staff, please watch our video.

April 11, 2018


WE ARE HIRING: Teaching Fellow in Social Policy

The School is delighted to announce that we are hiring a full-time 3 year Teaching Fellow post in Social Policy. Full details on the post can be found here

April 10, 2018


 

Congratulations to Orla

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The School of Social work and Social Policy would like to extend our congratulations to BSS Senior Fresh student Orla Keegan.   Orla was one of seventy three new Scholars elected in 2018 on the result of the Foundation Scholarship examination held in Trinity term.  The Foundation Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award in the country, awarded to students of outstanding ability.

Orla Keegan (2nd from left) celebrating with her family following announcement by the Provost on Trinity Monday (9 April 2018) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre in Front Square.

Well done Orla!

April 10, 2018


Congratulations to Eavan Brady and Robbie Gilligan on their Article in Foster

Foster Ireland

 

Congratulations to Eavan Brady & Robbie Gilligan on their recently published co-authored article in the Irish Foster Care Association's journal, Foster. The article is entitled: Supporting the educational progress of children and young people in foster care: challenges and opportunities. The article can be read in full here.

 

 

 

April 5, 2018


Applications are now open for the ONLINE CPD Course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners, offered by Mason Hayes & Curran and Trinity College

CPD course

Following the recent amendment to the Irish Constitution (Article 42A) and the introduction of a range of new Child Protection Legislation, such as the Children First Act 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, Child Protection Practitioners have identified the need for further training to carry out their roles and responsibilities within the current legal framework. In response to this, Mason Hayes & Curran, in collaboration with the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, are pleased to announce a new ONLINE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners.

This four week online course, commencing on May 21, 2018 at a cost of €200, is relevant to Allied Health Professionals within the scope of Child Protection and Welfare including Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Family Support Workers, Public Health Nurses and Gardaí.Participants of the course will be able to access relevant and up to date online learning materials at their convenience over a four week period from May 21, 2018. The online course includes videos, interactive presentations, case examples, case law, and discussion. The closing date for course registration is May 6th, 2018.

March 26, 2018


INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CHILDREN AND CHILD PROTECTION


COSC

Friday 13th April 9.30-1pm, Robert Emmet Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

Tickets can be purchased here

Full itinerary of the event is available here

March 26, 2018


Information Webinar for Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice, 25th April 6pm

Open Evening

This fully online event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to the course director about the course
  • Learn how the online programme is structured and delivered
  • Experience how the Virtual Learning Platform interface works

The Online Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice looks at:

  • The role social policy plays in solving the 'wicked' social problems that contemporary societies face
  • The social policy issues addressed on the programme include crime, poverty, family violence and inequality

To register for this event click here.

The course is delivered through weekly online learning materials with live online tutorials and interactive discussions. It will be of interest to:

  • Graduates without a social science undergraduate qualification who wish to convert ot Masters level study in the area
  • Those working in social policy or advocating for social policy change
  • Applicants from outside of Ireland, in particular outside the EU, who wish to study in Ireland's leading university

Over one academic year, this level 9 postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to study:

  • Social Policy
  • Crime and Punishment in Irish Society
  • The Family and Society
  • Leading Human Service Organisations
  • Disability and Human Rights

For further information please email Louise O'Brien.

March 16, 2018


PhD Candidate Sarah Parker Wins Dean of Research Award at Multidisciplinary Research Showcase

 


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Congratulations to PhD Candidate Sarah Parker, who won the first place Dean of Research Award at the Multidisciplinary Research Showcase held by the Graduate Student’s Union, Trinity College Dublin, as part of Love Research Week 2018. From the fourteen delegates chosen to present across all disciplines college-wide, Sarah’s poster entitled Making Sense of the Homelessness Crisis: Using a Mixed Methods Approach to Examine Patterns of Family Homelessness in the Dublin Region, was selected as the best entry by the newly appointed Dean of Research, Professor Linda Doyle. Sarah’s research is supervised by Assistant Professor Paula Mayock and supported by a Government of Ireland Scholarship awarded by the Irish Research Council. Using a sequential mixed methods approach, her study seeks to examine families’ trajectories through and out of homelessness over time. A core aim is to advance understanding of family homelessness and help bridge the gap between theory, research and practice in homelessness prevention, policy planning and service delivery for families experiencing homelessness and housing exclusion.

 

 

 

March 15, 2018


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Important new publication on the Grounded Theory method by School staff and PhD graduate

Virpi Timonen and Catherine Conlon from the School, together with Geraldine Foley who is a PhD graduate from the School and now lecturing in the Department of Occupational Therapy in Trinity, have just published an Open Access article on the Grounded Theory method. This article is path-breaking as it offers for the first time a concise, freely available summary of the shared core principles of all strands of the Grounded Theory method. The article is intended to be particularly useful for those new to the method. Read ‘Challenges when using Grounded Theory: A pragmatic introduction to doing GT research’

March 12, 2018


Upcoming Free Event: Third Annual Children in Care Research Forum, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Monday 26th March, 2018.

CCRF

Professor Robbie Gilligan & Assistant Professor Eavan Brady will convene the third Children in Care Research Forum in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on Monday 26th March, 2018from 10am-1pm.

This half-day event is an opportunity to learn about completed research and research that is underway in Ireland related to children in care, care leavers, and carers. This is a free event. No registration required.

 

 

 

 

 

March 08, 2018


Applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare Now Open

Advert CPWThe Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare is a multi-disciplinary, in-service course, sponsored by the Child and Family Agency, and is aimed at experienced, professionally qualified personnel who carry regular responsibility for management/training/ frontline delivery of child protection and welfare services under the Child Care Act 1991, the Children Act 2001 and related legislation. Course participants normally include service managers and supervisory/main grade professional (social workers, public health nurses, psychologists, doctors, Garda, child care workers, speech and language therapists, teachers, lawyers, youth and project workers, etc.) A second year leading to the M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare is available to eligible candidates who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma with 60% or better result.

All applicants must have a degree or equivalent professional qualification. In addition, a minimum of three years' professional experience working with some aspect of child protection and welfare is required. You must submit a 1500 word personal statement on why you wish to undertake the programme. Applications are completed online.

The course runs for nine separate weeks spread over the academic year, with full attendance in college for approximately one week in four. This involves classes Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. Full attendance in College is compulsory.

The closing date for applications is 30th May and queries should ne directed to Prof. Stephanie Holt.

March 07, 2018


Upcoming Free Event: Co-Hosted by the The British Society of Gerontology ( Northern Ireland) and the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College to share research findings on the importance of intergenerational friendship from a life course perspectiveCOD

The British Society of Gerontology ( Northern Ireland) and the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin are delighted to co-host an event to share research findings on the importance of intergenerational friendship from a life course perspective. Two researchers who have been examining intergenerational friendship amongst two very different cohorts (young people and older people) will present their findings on the meaning and experience of intergenerational friendship to individuals in two contrasting contexts. The seminar aims to promote knowledge exchange and insights about intergenerational friendship, ageing and older people among research and community organisations from across the island of Ireland.

Full details on the event can be found here

 

 

March 06, 2018

 


Congratulations to Catherine O'Leary and Michael Feely on the Publication of an Article in Disability Studies Quarterly

Disability Studies

Congratulations to Catherine O'Leary and Michael Feely on the publication of the article Alignment of the Irish legal system and Article 13.1 of the CRPD for witnesses with communication difficulties in the Disability Studies Quarterly, 2018 Winter Issue. Catherine, a graduate of the MSc in Disability Studies (2015-2016), conducted this research as part of her Disability Studies dissertation under the supervision of Michael Feely, Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and Social Policy. 

 

March 06, 2018


Congratulations to Dr Gloria Kirwan who was award her PhD recently

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Congratulations to Dr Gloria Kirwan who was awarded her Phd recently

 

 

 

March 06, 2018


 

CYSR

Congratulations to Eavan Brady & Robbie Gilligan on their recently published co-authored article in the interdisciplinary and international journal, Children and Youth Services Review. The article is entitled: The life course perspective: An integrative research paradigm for examining the educational experiences of adult care leavers? The article can be read in full at this link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Wc9h_4La8TaXF

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2018


WOMEN’S HOMELESSNESS IN EUROPE NETWORK (WHEN) LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

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The Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN), founded by Dr. Paula Mayock, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, has launched a new website. WHEN was established in 2012 in response to a lack of academic and policy attention to gender dimensions of homelessness and is currently Co-directed by Dr. Paula Mayock and Joanne Bretherton, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York.

WHEN’s new website makes available a range of resources (statistics and publications) on women’s homelessness. It extends membership of WHEN to researchers, policy makers and service professionals throughout Europe and beyond and also invites ‘Think Pieces’ on women’s homelessness.

WHEN seeks to enhance understanding of issues at the core of women’s homelessness and to highlight and address gaps in current thinking and research. A core aim of the Network is to foster international collaborative research on gender dimensions of homelessness.

WHEN’s new website aims to provide a platform for people connect and to share ideas, data and new research. It also aims to provide opportunities for people to collaborate in the development of scholarship on women’s homelessness.

Organisations that have awarded funding to WHEN include the Irish Research Council, University of York, Dublin Region Homeless Executive and Focus Ireland.

http://womenshomelessness.org/

February 26, 2018


The School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is seeking to appoint a fully funded PhD candidate under the newly established Provost's PhD Project Awards. The studentship covers tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and an annual stipend of €16,000 for four years

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The School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is seeking to appoint a fully funded PhD candidate under the newly established Provost PhD Project Awards. The studentship covers tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and an annual stipend of €16,000 for four years. See Provost PhD Project Award for full details

 

February 22, 2018


Sonic Methodologies for Social Justice Research - Public Seminar by Prof Walter S. Gershon
School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent State University Wed 21st February 
6-7pm  Boydell Music Room, TCD

Walter S. Gershon

 

 

 

 

 

This talk performatively speaks to the potential for sound theories and methods as tools for research for more socially just work with vulnerable populations. Because, if sound studies can queer overly-ocular understandings in education, might they not do the same for normalized, everyday processes that we might hear them and listen differently?


Walter S. Gershon is author of Sound Curriculum: Sonic Studies in Educational Theory, Method & Practice (Routledge 2018).  He applies sonic methodologies to questions of justice about the ways in which young people make sense, the sociocultural processes that inform their everyday sense-making, and the qualitative methods used to study those processes.

Supported by the Faculty of AHSS Visiting Professor Fund

February 20, 2018


Introduction to the new Horizon 2020 project on co-creation of care services with School of SWSP connection through Irish project partner Prof Timonen

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February 13, 2018


One of the most read articles published in 2017

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Congratulations to Dr.Stan Houston, whose article published in Families Relationships and Societies was one of the Journal's top five most read articles published in 2017.
Stan Houston’s article entitled 'Towards a critical ecology of child development in social work: aligning the theories of Bronfenbrenner and Bourdieu ‘can be downloaded here or accessed on the Families Relationships and Societies twitter feed https://twitter.com/FRSjournal

February 7, 2018


Upcoming Free Public Lecture ‘Reforming the Child Care Act 1991 - What should be priority issues in improving provision for children and young people in care?’

Professor Robbie Gilligan will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Reforming the Child Care Act 1991 - What should be priority issues in improving provision for children and young people in care?’ at 6.15 pm on Monday 12th February in Thomas Davis Theatre (Room 2043), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Lecture open to all – members of College and public.

 

 

February 1, 2018

 

 


Congratulations to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies Class of 2017

Applied Social Studdies graduates

 

 

Congratulations to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies Class of 2017, who graduated today.

We wish them all the best in their future careers.

 

 

 

January 25, 2018


Congratulations to Dr. Gloria Kirwan

Gloria Kirwan

Congratulations to Dr Gloria Kirwan who has been elected to the Board of the Human Services Information Technology Association (husITa). Details of the work of husITa are available at the following link:
http://www.husita.org/about-us/

 

 

January 24, 2018


Applications are now open for the ONLINE CPD Course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners, offered by Mason Hayes & Curran and Trinity College

CPD Course

Following the recent amendment to the Irish Constitution (Article 42A) and the introduction of a range of new Child Protection Legislation, such as the Children First Act 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, Child Protection Practitioners have identified the need for further training to carry out their roles and responsibilities within the current legal framework. In response to this, Mason Hayes & Curran, in collaboration with the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, are pleased to announce a new ONLINE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners.

This four week online course, commencing on February 26, 2018 at a cost of €200, is relevant to Allied Health Professionals within the scope of Child Protection and Welfare including Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Family Support Workers, Public Health Nurses and Gardaí.Participants of the course will be able to access relevant and up to date online learning materials at their convenience over a four week period from February 26, 2018. The online course includes videos, interactive presentations, case examples, case law, and discussion. The closing date for course registration is February 12, 2018.

January 8, 2018


Journal of Youth Studies

New article on young adults’ visions of the future of the family in Ireland – collaboration between Professor Hannele Forsberg (Tampere University) and Professor Virpi Timonen (TCD) published in the Journal of Youth Studies

Analysis of texts written by young adults indicated a strong orientation to a future where religion plays little or no role, and tolerance and freedom to choose govern family formation. However, the fear was expressed that some groups may be deprived of the freedom to marry and have children on grounds of economic inequality. These two visions create a tension between more freedom in choosing partners and whether to have children on the on hand, and less freedom due to inability to afford the ‘luxury’ of family life on the other hand, reflective of the post-Catholic, economically exposed context of contemporary Ireland.

Article can be accessed here:

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/nEkTFqcVCkHCjiiK9Wpc/full

January 8, 2018


Information Webinar for Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice, 22nd February 6PM

Open Evening

This fully online event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to the course director about the course
  • Learn how the online programme is structured and delivered
  • Experience how the Virtual Learning Platform interface works

The Online Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice looks at:

  • The role social policy plays in solving the 'wicked' social problems that contemporary societies face
  • The social policy issues addressed on the programme include crime, poverty, family violence and inequality

To register for this event click here.

The course is delivered through weekly online learning materials with live online tutorials and interactive discussions. It will be of interest to:

  • Graduates without a social science undergraduate qualification who wish to convert ot Masters level study in the area
  • Those working in social policy or advocating for social policy change
  • Applicants from outside of Ireland, in particular outside the EU, who wish to study in Ireland's leading university

Over one academic year, this level 9 postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to study:

  • Social Policy
  • Crime and Punishment in Irish Society
  • The Family and Society
  • Leading Human Service Organisations
  • Disability and Human Rights

For further information please email Louise O'Brien.

January 4, 2018


P. Mayock

Assistant Professor Paula Mayock Awarded Provost Scholarship

 

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Paula Mayock, who has been awarded one of the prestigious Provost Scholarship Awards, a new College initiative designed to fund a selected number of PhD scholarships across all faculties. As one of just 40 projects awarded funding college-wide, a scholarship will be advertised for PhD research linked to a project entitled Migrant Homelessness in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study. The successful applicant will be fully funded for a 4-year period (covering EU or non-EU fees and an annual stipend of €16,000), to work with Paula in her role as Principal Investigator of the research. The scholar will be selected through a competitive process and will register as a PhD student at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in September 2018.

Dr. Mayock has led several research projects on homelessness over the past ten years and has published widely on the topic. She is very experienced in the conduct of longitudinal qualitative research and has a particular interest in biographical and ethnographic research methods. Dr. Mayock’s research on homelessness has a strong policy focus, particularly in relation to prevention, early intervention and Housing First initiatives.

December 04, 2017


 

Horizon 2020

Professor Virpi Timonen is recruiting a Research Fellow in the Co-Creation Project (Horizon 2020)

This is a key post in a three-year research project that investigates novel approaches to co-creation of care services for older adults. The post relates to a European collaboration that aims to improve end-users' access to long-term care services. Full details available here

 

 

 

November 23, 2017


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Prof. Robbie Gilligan and Assistant Prof. Eavan Brady organising an education fair - ‘Releasing Potential’

As part of the national College Awareness Week, Prof. Robbie Gilligan and Assistant Prof. Eavan Brady are organising an education fair - ‘Releasing Potential’ - on educational opportunities for young people in out-of-home care (e.g. foster care, residential care) after they leave school. 

This event is open to children and young people in care, carers, and all relevant professionals. Exhibitors at the event will include the Irish Universities Association (HEAR/DARE programmes), SOLAS Further Education & Training Authority, Maynooth Access Programme, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Access Service, Trinity Access Programme, Trinity Admissions Office, guidance counsellors, the Irish Foster Care Association, Empowering People in Care (EPIC), Care Leavers' Network Ireland, and Care Leavers Ireland. 

Date: Saturday 25th November
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Graduates Memorial Building (GMB)
Further information can be found here

 

October 20, 2017


Eavan BradyEavan Brady presents her PhD research framework at the 9th International Foster Care Research Network Conference in Paris, France.

Assistant Professor in Social Work and PhD Candidate Eavan Brady presented her PhD research framework at the 9th International Foster Care Research Network Conference at the University of Paris Nanterre, France in September 2017. Eavan is supervised by Professor Robbie Gilligan. Her PhD research is exploring the educational pathways of adult care leavers.  More information on this study can be found here.

 

October 16, 2017


Second Children in Care Research Forum

Children in Care

Professor Robbie Gilligan & Assistant Professor Eavan Brady will convene the second Children in Care Research Forum in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday 31st October from 10am-1pm.


This half-day event is an opportunity to learn about completed research and research that is underway in Ireland related to children in care, care leavers, and carers. This is a free event. No registration required. Full details can be found here.

 

 

October 11, 2017


Studentship available in the area of Children's Research (Full-Time) at the School of Social Work and Social Policy

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Applications are now being accepted for two new PhD studentship opportunities in any area of Children’s Research. These studentships are available to new entrant applicants on the full-time Ph.D. Register for entry in March 2018. Potential students must complete an application form indicating the particular area of Children’s research they are interested in for entry into the PhD programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. The studentship covers full EU fees and an annual maintenance grant of €16,000 for three years. Applicants are expected to initiate some contacts with potential supervisor(s) or at least ensure that they have aligned their proposals with supervisory capacity in the School.

Eligibility requirements:
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a masters degree, or a primary degree (1st class or 2.1 honours) or equivalent. 


Application process:
Application forms can be downloaded here and should be returned to Noreen O’Sullivan by midday Friday 10th November.


Expectations:
The holder of this studentship will be required to engage in teaching related activities, as advised by their supervisor and/or the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the School. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register. 


Selection process: 
The selection process will involve a 15 minute presentation by the candidate on their proposed research, followed by an interview. The date of the interviews will be advised at a later time.


If you wish to discuss an application informally, please contact Professor Trevor Spratt at email: sprattt@tcd.ie  or phone: 01 8963790

October 03, 2017


Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman was an invited speaker at the National HIV Conference

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Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman was an invited speaker at the National HIV Conference in Smock Alley Theatre on Thursday 28th September 2017.  The conference marked the 30th anniversary of HIV Ireland and the launch of their National Survey on Stigma and HIV.  Her paper was on 'HIV & AIDS in Ireland - Stigma, Social Inclusion and Social Policy Responses 1987 to 2017'.

A summary of the survey can be found here.

October 02, 2017


Applications are now open for the ONLINE CPD Course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners, offered by Mason Hayes & Curran and Trinity College

Following the recent amendment to the Irish Constitution (Article 42A) and the introduction of a range of new Child Protection Legislation, such as the Children First Act 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, Child Protection Practitioners have identified the need for further training to carry out their roles and responsibilities within the current legal framework. In response to this, Mason Hayes & Curran, in collaboration with the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, are pleased to announce a new ONLINE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course in Legal Training for Child Protection and Welfare Practitioners.

This four week online course, commencing on October 16, 2017 at a cost of €200, is relevant to Allied Health Professionals within the scope of Child Protection and Welfare including Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Family Support Workers, Public Health Nurses and Gardaí.Participants of the course will be able to access relevant and up to date online learning materials at their convenience over a four week period from October 16, 2017. The online course includes videos, interactive presentations, case examples, case law, and discussion. The closing date for course registration is the October 2nd, 2017.

September 26, 2017


Members of the School of Social Work and Social Policy attend European Conference on Domestic Violence

Dr Stephanie Holt, MSW graduate Clare Lynch and PhD candidate Ruth Eliffe at the second European Conference on Domestic Violence held in Porto September 5-9 2017. Clare and Stephanie presented a paper on Clare's dissertation which was based on secondary data analysis of research conducted by Stephanie. Stephanie supervised Clare's dissertation for which Clare was awarded a first class honour. Stephanie is also supervising Ruth's PhD. Ruth is conduction primary research on children's experience of police involvement in cases of domestic violence. Ruth is due to submit her PhD Spring 2018.

 

 

September 25, 2017


Finnish academic joins School for 2017-18

The School of Social Work and Social Policy is delighted to welcome Dr Riikka Korkiamäki, University of Tampere, Finland, as a Visiting Research Fellow for the academic year 2017-18. Dr Korkiamäki holds a three year post-doctoral research award from the Academy of Finland, and will spend one year of this study time here in Trinity. She is on leave from her full time lecturing post in the Department of Social Work in the University of Tampere.  Her research project is about young people’s peer relationships, and friendships in particular, as means of support and coping, and it studies how friendships may “work” from the viewpoint of broader communal and societal inclusion. During her year with us here, Dr Korkiamäki plans to collaborate with Prof Robbie Gilligan, and with others in the school, on aspects of her work on this study.

 

September 11, 2017


International Journal Ageing & Society publish article entitled Intergenerational friendships of older adults: why do we know so little about them? by Catherine O'Dare, Virpi Timonen and Catherine Conlon

Congratulations to Catherine Elliott O'Dare, Virpi Timonen and Catherine Conlon on their recently published co-authored article in the interdisciplinary and international journal, Ageing & Society . The article is entitled: Intergenerational friendships of older adults: why do we know so little about them? The article can be read in full here

 

 

 

 

August 29, 2017


Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Galway Report Published

EOSThe Interim Report of the Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Galway, chaired by Head of School Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, was published on the 28th of July.

The report concluded that the proposed merger of Galway’s city and county councils is feasible, and would deliver significant economic and social benefits.

The full report can be found here

 

August 2, 2017


New Free Online Course on Achieving Sustainable Development

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What is the future of the world around us? What challenges do we face to address conflict, improve healthcare, build sustainable cities, and have access to clean water and sanitation? How will we know that we are having an impact in tackling these challenges? The School of Social Work and Social Policy is delighted to announce our collaboration with the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) on a new free online course “Achieving Sustainable Development”. This four week course, starting on 11th September 2017, looks at the challenges in achieving five of the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Good Health and Well-Being; Clean Water and Sanitation; Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Gender Equality.
Through case studies from Ireland, Colombia, India, Uganda and Korea, you will learn about the challenges and work through possible solutions to achieving sustainable development in our world.
Find out how FARC rebels in Colombia are being reintegrated into society; why urban areas are changing how we think about sanitation; why the rapid growth of cities is changing how we think about urban mobility; and how tackling HIV is closely related to food security.
Register today through the Futurelearn platform and we look forward to joining you on 11 September to learn how together we can achieve sustainable development. 

July 26, 2017

 


Maeve Foreman presents a paper at the EASSW-UNAFORIS 2017 European Conference

Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, presented a paper on ‘Refugees and Integration – Lessons for Social work’ at the European Association of Schools of Social Work biannual conference in Paris on 27th June 2017.  Her paper argued that social work educators have a crucial role in ensuring that practitioners are trained to work ethically with refugees and asylum seekers and that they have the necessary skills and knowledge base.  Her presentation drew on research conducted with Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, UCD. They partnered with the Irish Refugee Council and worked with peer researchers to explore the experiences of people exiting the Irish asylum system, and the challenges that they faced in making the transition from Direct Provision to integration into local communities.

Their research was the subject of a submission to the Irish government's interdepartmental Taskforce on Transitional Supports for Persons Granted Status in Direct Provision and culminated in the report 'Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the Community' which can be seen at this link 
 

July 20, 2017


New book 'Women's Homelessness in Europe' makes an impact

Women’s Homelessness in Europe, co-edited by Dr Paula Mayock, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin and Joanne Bretherton, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York, has examined women’s homelessness using a comparative pan-European approach. The book, which makes a critical contribution to research and scholarship on women’s homelessness, is the result of the first international collaboration between leading homelessness researchers who have co-operated through the work of the Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (WHEN), founded by Dr Mayock in 2012.
Drawing together work from Europe’s leading homelessness scholars, it presents a multidisciplinary and comparative analysis of this acute social problem, including its relationship with domestic violence, lone parenthood, motherhood, health and well-being and women’s experience of sustained and recurrent homelessness. Working from diverse perspectives, the authors look at the responses to women’s homelessness in differing cultures and regions, and within various forms of welfare states. They focus in particular on relating the gender dimensions of welfare and social policy to women’s experiences when they become homeless. This innovative and timely edited volume will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, social policy, anthropology, and gender and women’s studies, along with international policy-makers.

Full coverage of the book can be found on the Trinity College Dublin news page and information on other coverage in the Irish media can be found here.

Women's Homelessness in Europe is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

July 12, 2017


Applications Now Open for the Masters in Applied Social Research

 

 

 

The Application deadline for the Masters in Applied Social Research has been extended until July 14th. More information can be found in the Postgraduate Courses page of our website.

 

 

 

July 4, 2017


Professor Robbie Gilligan contributes chapter to latest edition of celebrated North American text book on social work practice

 

 

Professor Robbie Gilligan has contributed a chapter entitled ‘Resilience Theory and Social Work Practice’ to the sixth edition of Social Work Treatment – Interlocking Theoretical Approaches edited by Francis J. Turner and published by Oxford University Press.

For further information, click here

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2017


Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Sheridan

 

Congratulations to Sarah Sheridan, who was conferred with the degree of PhD at the Summer Commencements. She is photographed here with Bob Geldof, who was awarded an honorary degree at that ceremony.

We wish Sarah well with her future career. Sarah’s PhD was supervised by Assistant Professor Paula Mayock.

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2017


Responding to asylum seekers living on the margins of Irish society: the experiences of social work practitioners

Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, presented at paper at the IFSW European Conference 'Marginalisation and Social Work in a Changing Society' 28th-30th May 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her paper 'Responding to asylum seekers living on the margins of Irish society: the experiences of social work practitioners' drew on research conducted with Dr Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, UCD and was endorsed by the Irish Association of Social Workers.  The research was also the subject of a submission to the McMahon Working Group on the Protection Process which can be seen at this link http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/75149

June 26, 2017


Congratulations BSS Class of 2017

Congratulations and best wishes to our recent undergraduate social work students who graduated on Thursday 22nd June.

26th June 2017


Congratulations to Kevin Ryan

 

 

Congratulations to Kevin Ryan, the first graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies to complete the Masters in Social Work.

 

 

 

June 23, 2017


Participants of the Workshop Valuing Learner Diversity at Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, China

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The workshop Valuing Learner Diversity, the first of 5 workshops for the Project INCLUTE, was facilitated by Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte from the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College (TCD). The workshop was assisted by Genevieve Ruiz O’Sullivan (MSc in Disability Studies graduate) and Youkun Shen (School of Social Work and Social Policy incoming PhD student). From June 16th to 19th, 49 university lecturers from four Chinese universities (Southwest University, Guangxi Normal University, Tibet University for Nationalities and Sichuan Normal University) gathered at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin to participate in the workshop. The workshop focused on inclusive education, diversity and the educator’s role in systems change. From July to September 2017, four other workshops will be delivered by the other European partners of the INCLUTE project (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and University of Bath).

INCLUTE is the first Erasmus + programme (Key action 2: Capacity Building in Higher Education) coordinated by a Chinese University, South West University of China. The INCLUTE project aims to develop inclusive education through curriculum development and teacher education in China.

INCLUTE project objectives are:

• To examine the development of inclusive practices in Chinese social and educational contexts
• To strengthen teacher's competence/skills on inclusive education in Chinese universities
• To design and develop a continuous training curriculum at post-graduate level on inclusion for primary school teachers
• To create an inclusive international education network on inclusive education

Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte is the coordinator of INCLUTE at Trinity College Dublin and she can be contacted at iriartee@tcd.ie

For more information about INCLUTE, see http://www.inclute.eu/

June 20, 2017


The event “Better Futures for Girls and Young Women in Ethiopia: Exploring Key Issues” took place on Africa Day (25th May) 2017 in the Global Room, Trinity College Dublin

L to R: Dr. Alula Pankhurst, Ms. Louise Yorke, Prof. Tesfaye Semela, Prof. Robbie Gilligan, Prof. Susan Murphy, His Excellency Ambassador Redwan Hussein Rameto

Seventy per cent of Ethiopia’s population of 100 million are under the age of 30 years old. Just over half – 35 million – are girls and young women. Securing better futures for girls and women in Ethiopia presents a major challenge, but also an opportunity for Ethiopia, as it seeks to ensure continued and sustainable development for all its citizens.

To build on existing research links and to encourage knowledge exchange between Ethiopia and Ireland on this topic, Trinity College Dublin welcomed two esteemed speakers from Ethiopia: Professor Tesfaye Semela, director of the Centre for Policy and Development Research, Hawassa University and Dr. Alula Pankhurst, Country Director for the Young Lives study in Ethiopia. Ms. Louise Yorke, PhD candidate from the School of Social Work and Social Policy was the third speaker for this event. The event was chaired by Professor Robbie Gilligan, also from the School of Social Work and Social Policy. Professor Susan Murphy from the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin provided a response to the three papers.

The event explored Ethiopia’s past achievements, existing challenges and potential future gains in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment.  The speakers provided a mixed picture, acknowledging the significant progress made, but also emphasising the need for on-going effort and concerted action across a range of fronts to achieve better futures for girls and young women.

His Excellency Ambassador Redwan Hussein Rameto, former Minister of Youth and Sport in Ethiopia, was a special guest at the event. The audience members included researchers and academics from Ireland and the UK, individuals from a number of NGOs in Ireland, as well as representatives from Irish Aid. Many of the audience members had experience in Ethiopia.

This event was kindly supported by Trinity International Development Initiative and the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme, which seeks to promote knowledge exchange between Irish and International researchers.

Photos from the event can be found at https://www.flickr.com/gp/155192916@N07/nnY296

If you require further information on this event please contact yorkel@tcd.ie

June 8, 2017


Launch of 'Living in Limbo-Homeless Young People's Paths to Housing'

A major longitudinal study, documenting the paths taken by homeless young people – was launched yesterday, May 29th, 2017 by former President Mary McAleese in Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

The book, authored by Dr. Paula Mayock and Sarah Parker, School of Social Work and Social Policy, is based on a qualitative longitudinal study of homeless young people in Ireland. It particularly highlights the significant barriers confronted by the young people in their efforts to exit homelessness to stable housing and the devastating impact of ongoing homelessness on young people’s lives. Only a minority (less than one quarter) – who were ‘tracked’ over time – had moved out of homelessness to (more) stable housing after a two-year period. Over the course of the study, many had spent periods living in situations of ‘hidden’ homelessness, that is, in the homes of friends, family members or acquaintances, while others had exited to private rented accommodation temporarily but subsequently returned to homelessness services. This circuit of service use served to further jeopardise the young people’s health and well-being and undermined their ability to achieve stability in all areas of their lives. As one young person put it, “Once you’ve been homeless it’s a constant feeling of uneasiness; you’re never quite secure … I’m just in constant stress about having nowhere to live” (Maria, age 26).

Speaking at the launch, Mary McAleese said, “I believe our community cares very deeply about the issue of homelessness. I believe we are offended by the extent of homelessness. I believe we are hurt by it and I think people suffer anxiety over the fact that we have not been able to crack this. With the best will in the world we seem to be facing monumental hurdles and we want an end and we want answers and solutions”.

The research was funded by Focus Ireland in collaboration with Simon Communities of Ireland, Threshold, Peter McVerry Trust and Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Full coverage of the event is available at the Trinity College Dublin news site.

Coverage of the launch event is also available from the Irish Times.

A Morning Ireland interview was also recorded about the research.

30 May 2017


Congratulations to Associate Professor Stephanie Holt and Graduate Jackie Austin on the Publication of their Article

 

Congratulations to Associate Professor Stephanie Holt and M.Sc. Child Protection and Welfare Graduate Jackie Austin on the publication of their article in Contemporary Nurse. The article is based on Jackie's M.Sc. thesis which was supervised by Stephanie.

 

 

 

 

29 May 2017


SAOL Project discuss their ‘Object Poverty’ exhibition with graduating MSW 2 Class

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Members of the SAOL Project discuss their ‘Object Poverty’ exhibition with graduating MSW 2 students in Trinity College yesterday. SAOL is a community project focussed on improving the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty. SAOL ‘s mission is to work towards transforming the way in which Ireland responds to addiction and poverty.

29 May 2017


Postgraduate Research Studentships in the School of Social Work and Social Policy

 

The School of Social Work and Social Policy is happy to announce that applications are now open for a number of full-time studentship opportunities.

 

 

1. Postgraduate Research Studentship

This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. register, or new applicants who have applied to TCD via the admissions system for entry in September 2017 or March 2018. The studentship covers EU or non-EU fees in full and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

Applications should be submitted to Louise O'Brien by 12 noon Tuesday, 6th June.

2. Studentships in the area of Children's Research

Applications are now being accepted for two Ph.D. studentships in any area of Children's Research. These studentships are available for new applicants who have applied to TCD via the admissions system for entry in September 2017 or March 2018. The studentship covers full EU fees and an annual maintenance grant of €16,000.

Applications should be submitted to Louise O'Brien by 12 noon Friday, 30th June.

17 May 2017


PhD Student Publishes Article in Trinity Postgraduate Review

Lynne Cahill

Congratulation to PhD candidate Lynne Cahill on the publication of her article "Lesbian Women's Experience of Intimate Partner Abuse: A Phenomenological Inquiry" in Trinity Postgraduate review.

 

18 May 2017


FREE EVENT: Symposium on New Perspectives on Theory and Method in the Social Sciences to be held on 26th June 2017


Venue: Neill Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
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Panel of Papers by Members of School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD


‘Consulting with Bourdieu and McNay for Queried Pregnancy’
Dr Catherine Conlon, TCD. (10.30am - 11.10am)
‘New Materialism and Narrative Analysis’
Dr Michael Feely, TCD. (11.10am - 11.50am)
‘Reconciling Bronfenbrenner and Bourdieu: A Synthesis for Child and Family Social Work’
Dr Stan Houston, TCD (11.50am - 12.30pm)
10.30am-12.30pm

Lunch Provided 12.30-1pm
Key-note Speaker:


Professor Caroline McGreggor, NUI Galway.
‘A critical commentary on why the work of Michel Foucault should play a lead role in the development of theoretical frameworks for current and future social work research and practice’.
1.00pm - 2.30pm.

This event is free but places are limited so please RSVP to conlonce@tcd.ie

17 May 2017


Information Webinar for Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice), Wednesday 24th May 6PM

This fully online event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to lecturers about the course
  • Learn how the online programme is structured and delivered
  • Meet current students and find out about their experiences

The Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies (to be renamed Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy and Practice for September 2017 intake) looks at:

  • The role social policy plays in solving the ‘wicked’ social problems that contemporary societies face
  • The social policy issues addressed on the programme include crime, poverty, family violence and inequality

To register for this event click here.

The course is delivered through weekly online learning materials with live online tutorials and interactive discussions. It will be of interest to:

  • Graduates without a social science undergraduate qualification who wish to convert to Masters level study in the area
  • Those working in social policy or advocating for social policy change
  • Applicants from outside of Ireland, in particular North America, who wish to study in Ireland’s leading university

Over one academic year, this level 9 postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to study:

  • Social policy
  • Criminology
  • The Family and Society
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Managing Change

For more information please email Louise O'Brien

03 May 2017


The School of Social Work and Social Policy, with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative present "Better Futures for Girls and Young Women in Ethiopia: Exploring Key Issues"

This event on Africa day will explore three of the most pressing issues facing girls and women in Ethiopia - education, early marriage and rural-urban migration. Securing better future for girls and women in Ethiopia and elsewhere is important for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in general and gender equality and women’s empowerment in particular (SDG5).


This seminar will consider Ethiopia’s past achievements, existing challenges and potential future gains in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Privileging the experiences of girls and women, this seminar will chart the opportunities and challenges that girls and women encounter as they search for better futures, set against the backdrop of Ethiopia’s rapidly changing social, economic and political landscape. It will emphasise that progress on gender equality requires an integrated approach that works across the multiple issues affecting the lives of girls and women, and also acknowledges the different experiences within and between distinct groups of girls and women.
This event is organised by the School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD with the support of the Trinity International Development Initiative and the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme #loveirishreserach

Date: Thursday 25th May 2017
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Location: Global Room, Trinity College Dublin


Speakers

  • Professor Tesfaye Semela, Women and Gender Issues in Ethiopia: A Socio-Historical Analysis.
  • Dr. Alula Pankhurst, Options for adolescent girls in Ethiopia: Education, work and early marriage - Evidence from Young Lives.
  • Ms. Louise Yorke,Maybe I will have a good life in the future”: The pathways of rural girls and women as they migrate to urban secondary schools in Southern Ethiopia.
  • Professor Susan Murphy will provide a response to the three papers.
  • This seminar will be chaired by Professor Robbie Gilligan.

Coffee, tea and sandwiches will be provided.

All are welcome. Please register your attendance here. See TIDI website for more information.

 

11 May 2017


Dissemination of Key PhD Findings in Ethiopia #LoveIrishResearch

PhD student Louise Yorke and her supervisor Prof. Robbie Gilligan recently travelled to Ethiopia for two presentation by Louise on key findings from her PhD study "The Migration of Rural Girls to Urban Areas for Secondary Education in Ethiopia".

The first presentation was hosted by the Centre for Policy and Development Research (CPDR) at Hawassa University where Louise was based during her fieldwork. A response to the PhD findings was provided by Prof. Tesfaye Semela, directors of the CPDR and Mr Henock Mesfin, Programme Manager at Plan International Ethiopia.

The second presentation was held in the Irish Embassy in Addis Ababa and included an introduction from Mr. Patrick McManus, Head of Development Co-Operation and Deputy Head of Mission and comments from Prof. Semela

 

The events were attended by researchers, academics and practitioners and generated lively discussion.

Both events were funded by a grant from the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme which is designed to enhance the impact internationally of Irish research through knowledge exchange.

#LoveIrishResearch

09 May 2017


Two PhD studentships available in the area of Children’s Research (Full-Time) at the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin

Applications are now being accepted for two new PhD studentship opportunities in any area of Children’s Research. These studentships are available to new entrant applicants on the full-time Ph.D. Register for entry in September 2017 or March 2018. Potential students must complete an application form indicating the particular area of Children’s research they are interested in for entry into the PhD programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. The studentship covers full EU fees and an annual maintenance grant of €16,000 for three years. Applicants are expected to initiate some contacts with potential supervisor(s) or at least ensure that they have aligned their proposals with supervisory capacity in the School.


Eligibility requirements:
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a masters degree, or a primary degree (1st class or 2.1 honours) or equivalent.

Application process:
Application forms can be downloaded here and should be returned to Louise O'Brien by midday Friday June 30th 2017.

Expectations:
The holder of this studentship will be required to engage in teaching related activities, as advised by their supervisor and/or the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the School. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

Selection process:
The selection process will involve a 15 minute presentation by the candidate on their proposed research, followed by an interview. The date of the interviews will be advised at a later time.
If you wish to discuss an application informally, please contact Professor Trevor Spratt at email: sprattt@tcd.ie  or phone: 01 8963790

26 April 2017


Congratulations to Erin Paullin on the recent publication of her article in EAIE Forum Magazine

 

Congratulations to Erin Paullin, School of Social Work and Social Policy Global Officer, on her recently published article in European Association for International Education (EAIE) Forum Magazine entitled ‘Breaking Down Walls The Silo Effect’.

 

 

 

 

04 May 2017


Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman presented at the 7th European Conference for Social Work Research, 2017

Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor of Social Work, presented at the 7th European Conference for Social Work Research (ECSWR) in Aalborg, Denmark, 20th-21st April 2017.  Her paper, 'Research with Refugees - Effecting Change Through Partnership and Peer Research', explored the benefits of working with peer researchers and advocacy/activist organisations to effect positive change in society.  Her presentation also discussed ways of engaging with policy makers to progress recommendations of research.  Conducted with Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, UCD, peer researchers Gabriel Wenyi Mendes and Siphathisiwe Moyo, and in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council, the study was funded by the Irish Research Council under its New Foundations (Engaging Civic Society) funding stream. A copy of the final report can be found here , 'Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community' . Colleagues from UCD, UCC, UU and QUB also presented at the conference.

 

04 May 2017

 


Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman presented at the Social Work Action Network Annual Conference, 2017

Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor of Social Work, presented at the Social Work Action Network Annual Conference, 7th-8th April 2017, in Teeside University, Middlesbrough, under the ethical practice and policy strand.  Her paper, 'Transitioning out of the Asylum System in Ireland - Challenges and Change', explored the challenge of addressing the legacy of enforced poverty and social isolation, and effecting change in social policy and practice.  Her presentation was based on research conducted with Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, UCD and Maggie Feeley, with assistance from Gabriel Wenyi Mendes, Siphathisiwe Moyo and Clíodhna Bairéad. The study was funded by the Irish Research Council under its New Foundations (Engaging Civic Society) funding stream and conducted in partnership with the Irish Refugee Council. A copy of the final report 'Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community' can be found here.

 

18 April 2017


Congratulations to Assistant Professor Eavan Brady, Associate Professor Stephanie Holt, and PhD Candidate Sadhbh Whelan on their recently published article ‘Measuring success in family support services'

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Eavan Brady, Associate Professor Stephanie Holt, and Sadhbh Whelan, PhD Candidate on their recently published article in the journal Child Care in Practice entitled ‘Measuring success in family support services’. The article draws on a case example of a family support service evaluation carried out in 2014 highlighting a number of key issues for consideration in evaluating these diverse and complex interventions.

Click here for a link to the article

 

April 2017

 


Information Webinar for MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Social Studies held an Online Information Webinar on Wednesday 22nd March with a number of prospective students attending to learn more about this unique online programme.

Assistant Professors Dr. Julie Byrne and Dr. Stephanie Holt covered topics including the online learning environment, resources and support and admissions criteria for the programme. This was followed by a question and answer session.

If you missed the Online Open Evening or want to learn more about the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Social Studies programme, you can watch a recording of the webinar here. If you wish to apply or have any questions, please feel free to email us.

 

 

5 April 2017


Social Work students among Presenters at School World Social Work Day event

There was a big attendance at the World Social Work Day event (March 21st) hosted by the School, the Irish launch of the book ‘Social Work in 42 Objects (and more)’ curated by Prof Mark Doel.

There were presentations by Prof Doel and by some of the contributors to the book: Simon Cauvain, Gerry Heery, Majella Hickey, Marguerita McGovern, Clare Orger, and also Maeve Foreman and Prof Robbie Gilligan from the School. Michele Clarke, Social Work and Child Care Specialist,Department of Children and Youth Affairs (and BSS Alumna) and Frank Brown, President of IASW also spoke to the theme of the event.

The social work students who presented on their chosen objects are pictured here: Luke Somerville, MSW 2 (newspaper), Michael Somerville, and Ciara Farrell BSS Senior Sophisters (watering can and basin), Hayley Cross and Lisa Daly MSW 1 (compass).

24 March 2017


Interested in Disability Studies? Learn more from some of our current students!

Kimber Bialik and Kaitlin Stober, two international students in the MSc Disability Studies programme, recently spoke about their experiences at Trinity during the Disability Studies webinar. Both students discuss why they chose Trinity’s programme, what they have gained from it so far and how they hope to apply it to their careers.

Click here to hear more from Kimber and Kaitlin!

If you missed the online webinar, we will be holding a Disability Studies Open evening on Thursday, April 20th from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Arts Building Conference Room. You can Register Online.

 

14 March 2017


Children in Care Research Forum, Wednesday 5th April, 2017

Professor Robbie Gilligan & Assistant Professor Eavan Brady will convene the inaugural Children in Care Research Forum in Room 1.04, 3 College Green on Wednesday 5th April, 2017 from 10am-1pm.

This half-day event is the first of what we hope will be a twice-yearly forum to share completed research and research that is underway in Ireland related to children in care, care leavers, and carers.

This is a free event. No registration required. Full details can be found here

 

 

 

14 March 2017


WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY EVENT: Book Launch 'Social Work in 42 Objects (and more)' curated by Mark Doel

The School is delighted to host the Irish Launch of the Book ‘Social Work in 42 Objects (and more)’ curated by Mark Doel which will be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD (beside Arts Building) 2.00 – 4.00,  Tuesday 21st March, 2017.

The event will include presentations by Mark Doel, Irish contributors to the Book, Trinity Social Work students, Chair of IASW and more!

This is a free event and those interested can Register free via Eventbrite to ensure your place

Mark Doel is Professor Emeritus in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University, England. He is a registered social worker with twenty years of social work practice experience with communities. He has been a social work academic, head of school, writer and researcher. Mark continues to lead training workshops, largely in the fields of practice education and groupwork, in which he has an international reputation. He has been an External Examiner for UCC, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin (current) and the Northern Ireland Practice Teaching programme (current). He is the Vice-President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). Mark has extensive experience in Russia and eastern Europe and he is honorary professor at Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Mark has published 21 books, most recently Social Work in 42 Objects (and more) and Rights and Wrongs in Social Work: Ethical and practice dilemmas.

The link for the new book: https://socialworkin40objects.com/2017/01/22/social-work-in-42-objects-and-more/

http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/hsc/about-us/mark-doel
doel@waitrose.com

10 March 2017


Open Evening for M.Sc. Applied Social Research, Wednesday 29 March 5:00PM

The M.Sc. in Applied Social Research is designed for graduates in the social sciences who wish to:

  • Develop their research skills and gain employment in the fields of research, policy, advocacy, consultancy and other careers where research skills are deemed essential or highly desirable.
  • Build research skills for application in their current work environments.
  • Acquire a strong foundation for further post-graduate study, particularly for PhD research.

The course provides advanced training in the conduct of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research through specialised teaching in the design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of research. We particularly strive to equip our students with core, widely transferable research skills.


This degree is multidisciplinary and career-focused. The work placement is a unique component of the course and is central to the goal of ensuring that students are prepared for the workforce. All students are offered the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced researchers for an 8-week period in a range of reputable research environments. The work placement module is completed in Year 1 by full-time students and in Year 2 by part-time students.
Graduates of the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research typically gain employment in a variety of organisations including public or private research institutes or consultancies, government departments, university departments, the NGO sector, and in a range of policy environments. Others go on to pursue further post-graduate study.


This Masters can be completed on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis.


You are invited to join us for Open Evening on March 29th, 2015 from 5pm-6.30pm where you will have the opportunity to meet the teaching team and graduates of the course. The venue is Room 3080, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.

Apply now (closing date for applications: 30th June 2017)
 

Enquiries
Ms. Louise O’Brien, Executive Officer, Tel: +353 1 896 3593
Dr. Paula Mayock, Course Director, Tel: +353 1 896 2636

10 March 2017


Congratulations to BSS Graduate Anne McCormack on the Launch of her New Publication

 

Anne McCormack, BSS graduate (1996), at the Hodges Figgis launch of her new publication titled Keeping Your Child Safe on Social Media: Five Easy Steps, published by Orpen Press. Pictured here with her husband, Martin McCormack, also a BSS graduate (1996).

 

 

 

10 March 2017


Information Webinar for Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, Wednesday 22nd March 6PM

This fully online event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to lecturers about the course
  • Learn how the online programme is structured and delivered
  • Meet current students and find out about their experiences

The Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies looks at:

  • The role social policy plays in solving the ‘wicked’ social problems that contemporary societies face
  • The social policy issues addressed on the programme include crime, poverty, family violence and inequality

To register for this event click here.

The course is delivered through weekly online learning materials with live online tutorials and interactive discussions. It will be of interest to:

  • Graduates without a social science undergraduate qualification who wish to convert to Masters level study in the area
  • Those working in social policy or advocating for social policy change
  • Applicants from outside of Ireland, in particular North America, who wish to study in Ireland’s leading university

Over one academic year, this level 9 postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to study:

  • Social policy
  • Criminology
  • The Family and Society
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Managing Change

For more information please email Louise O'Brien

03 March 2017


Publication of two research articles

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Congratulations to graduates of the MSc in Disability Studies, Stephanie Martin (2013) and Theresa Okodogbe (2014) on the publication of two research articles.

Stephanie Martin co-authored with Dr Colin Griffiths (MSc in Disability Studies Lecturer and Stephanie Martin’s supervisor) an article on the participation of disabled students in leisure activities in third level education. The article presents the results of Stephanie’s dissertation and it has been published in Leisure/Loisir. The article can be read here

Theresa Okodogbe’s article, co-authored with members of the IDS-TILDA team, examines activities of daily living and transition to community living for people with intellectual disabilities. Theresa’s article was recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy and presents the findings of her MSc in Disability Studies research placement conducted in 2013 within IDS-TILDA, a longitudinal study of ageing with intellectual disability in Ireland. The article can be read here

01 March 2017


Social Work and Migration Seminar, 'Child Migration Matters', Friday 3rd March 3-5 pm

mfSocial Work and Migration Seminar, 'Child Migration Matters', Friday 3rd March 3-5 pm
Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, is pleased to host the next IASW Social Work & Migration special interest group seminar.  Katie Mannion, solicitor with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and author of their recently published Child Migration Matters report, will address specific issues raised in the report relevant for social workers. 
The report highlights barriers faced by migrant children in the care of the state in realising their rights, and the important role that social workers can play.  

Venue: Room 5052, Arts Building, Trinity College 
Date: Friday 3rd March 2017 Time: 3-5 pm


Both practising and student social workers are welcome, but space is limited so please reserve a place in advance with deborah.chemhere@tusla.ie.  

Executive summary of the report: http://immigrantcouncil.ie/files/publications/c33ff-migrant-children-exec-summary.pdf 
Full report: http://immigrantcouncil.ie/files/publications/9675c-child-migration-matters.pdf

28 February 2017


Virpi Timonen recently presented her work on comparative home care policies at a ‘Best Brains Exchange’

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Virpi Timonen recently presented her work on comparative home care policies at a ‘Best Brains Exchange’ organised by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in collaboration with the Government of Alberta. The event brought together researchers, key stakeholders and government policymakers to discuss research and implementation evidence on how best to finance and organise home and community care services for older adults.

Home care is an increasingly important service to address the health needs of an aging population and reduce expensive and unnecessary institutional care. With expanded home and community-based services demonstrating potential for healthcare system effectiveness and sustainability, both the Alberta and Federal governments have identified improved access to and provision of home care as a priority.

In Alberta, publicly-funded home care provides personal and professional services aimed at addressing professionally assessed unmet healthcare needs and may provide minimal assistance for homemaking tasks such as meal preparation, laundry and light housekeeping (sometimes at a shared cost which includes personal cost to the client). It has been proposed by experts in home care that the scope of services provided to support home care clients should be expanded and complemented by other support services such as grocery shopping, heavier household tasks (e.g. indoor/exterior home maintenance, yard work, snow removal) and/or transportation options.

Although not considered health care services, it is argued that provision of such support services can directly promote health and wellness and prevent injury and disease supporting people to live safely in their homes and communities for longer. However, expansion of the scope of services provided for home care clients to include provision of support services would come with increased costs if publicly-funded and with challenges to operationalize whether fully publicly-funded or if financed/cost-shared through the collection of client fees. Further evidence and discussion is required to determine whether the provision of any or all of such services is key to supporting people to remain at home, whether they could be provided through a blend of home care and other non-health service providers, which areas of government/programs shall hold primary responsibility for these services, and what mix and method of financing and funding could support expanded provision of these types of support services.

The Best Brains Exchange explored research evidence and experiences from other jurisdictions that will help the Federal and Provincial governments in Canada to better understand the role that provision of support services, and by whom, plays in supporting people to remain at home. Discussion and knowledge exchange built upon recent stakeholder consultations held across the province and the evidence shared and discussed will add to the foundation of information specific to the recommended amendments to Alberta’s current home care regulation.


10th Anniversary of the European Journal of Homelessness

The European Journal of Homelessness, edited by Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, Head of School, marked its 10th anniversary with the publication a special edition, taking stock of theoretical and methodological developments in homelessness research. Leading researchers from across Europe, North America and Australia offer expert analysis and provide a benchmark for future research on homelessness.

The 10th anniversary edition can be found here.

 

 

 

 

09 February 2017


Postgraduate Research Studentship Opportunity

The School of Social Work and Social Policy is happy to announce a studentship opportunity for a full-time PhD student for 2017/18.

This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. Register, or new applicants who have applied to TCD via the admission system for entry in September 2017 or March 2018. The studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fees in full and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

Applications should be submitted on this form to Louise O’Brien by 12 noon Tuesday, 6th June.

More information about eligibility and the selection process can be found here.

07 February 2017


International Scholarship Opportunities


The School of Social Work and Social Policy is proud to announce the creation of four new scholarships for international (non-EU) applicants to our postgraduate taught programmes for 2017/18.


International Postgraduate Taught Course Scholarship
The scholarship is open to any non-EU applicant to a taught programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy for Michaelmas term 2017. The scholarships are valued at €5,000 each and can be applied to the reduction of non-EU tuition fees or living expenses.

Who can apply?
Applicants who have non-EU (international) status and will pay tuition fees at the non-EU rate and who have submitted an application to any of the following taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Social Work and Social Policy (SWSP): Masters of Social Work, Masters of Science in Disability Studies, Masters of Science in Applied Social Research, Postgraduate Diploma/ Masters of Science in Applied Social Studies.

Selection criteria
Applicants for the scholarships will be assessed based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall TCD and SWSP community.


Application process
Submit a complete application to one of the postgraduate taught programmes in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. Only applicants who meet the programme entry requirements will be considered for the scholarship. Deadline to apply is April 15th, 2017.


Email Erin Paullin, Global Officer, with any questions.

07 February 2017


Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion

Reducing AgeVirpi Timonen recently participated as invited lecturer in a Training School on the topic of “Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion”. The training school is connected to COST action ROSEnet, which aims to overcome fragmentation and gaps in conceptual innovation on old-age exclusion across the life course, in order to address the research-policy disconnect and tackle social exclusion amongst older people in Europe. In order to meet these aims and especially the aim of early-career investigator development, a total of 4 Training Schools (TS) will be organised throughout the duration of the Action. The first training School took place in Helsinki, Finland  from 17th to 20th January 2017.  The theme of this Training School was the relative nature of exclusion. The lectures and discussions focus on  the contextual elements of exclusion, including different welfare states and different socio-cultural contexts/environments. Training school participants were PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from 10 different countries.

25 January 2017


Publication of Article on LGBT mental health in Sexualities Journal

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Paula Mayock, who as co-authored an article with Dr. Audrey Bryan in the latest issues of Sexualities journal, entitled: ‘Supporting LGBT Lives? Complicating the suicide consensus in LGBT mental health’.

Click here to read the article.

 

 

23 January 2017


Publication of Chapter in The Sage Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Congratulations to Fellow Emeritus, Dr Shane Butler and Assistant Professor Paula Mayock who have co-authored a chapter entitled ‘Learning to live with ‘Big Fat Words’? An Exploration of the Dominant Concepts Applied to Problem Drug and Alcohol Use’ in the Sage Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies (edited by Torsten Kolind, Betsy Thom and Geoffrey Hunt).

Click here for more information on this Handbook.

 

23 January 2017


Congratulations to PhD Student Louise Yorke & Prof Robbie Gilligan on receiving IRC Funding #LoveIrishResearch

Ms. Louise Yorke, PhD Candidate and Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland) Postgraduate Scholar and Professor Robbie Gilligan have been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council, New Foundations Scheme 2016 Scheme. Their project “The lived realities of poor women and girls in Ethiopia: Enhancing knowledge exchange for gender equality and poverty reduction in Ethiopia” aims to promote knowledge exchange with key stakeholders in Ethiopia and in Ireland concerning the lived realities of women and girls living in poverty in Ethiopia. Their project will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Tesfaye Semela at the Centre for Policy and Development Research, Hawassa University. Louise’s PhD research explores the educational migration of rural girls to urban areas for secondary education in Southern Ethiopia #LoveIrishResearch

10 January 2017


Professor Robbie Gilligan calls for formal age of leaving care to be raised to 21

Professor Robbie Gilligan has had his opinion piece on the case for extending the official age of leaving care to 21 published in TheJournal.ie . While acknowledging significant improvements in provision for Irish children in care, Prof Gilligan argues that Ireland is now falling behind best international practice in terms of the formal age of leaving care, still 18 year of age here in Ireland, but now 21 in many other jurisdictions. This policy shift brings young people in care closer to the experience of children growing up in their own families who generally do not leave home at 18.

 

20th December 2016


Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy appointed Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Galway by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

 

The Expert Advisory Group will carry out further detailed examination and planning arising from the report of the Galway Local Government Committee in relation to future local government arrangements for Galway which was submitted in November 2015, also Chaired by Professor O’Sullivan. The terms of reference can be found here.

 

 

15th December 2016


Assistant Professor Gloria Kirwan presents paper at the Professional and Disciplinary Bar Association (PRDBA) annual conference

 

The Professional, Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association of Ireland (PRDBA) held its annual conference on 12th November 2016 in the King’s Inns, Dublin. The theme of this year’s conference was  ‘The Regulation of Social Workers’ and it was chaired by the Honourable Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon .  Assistant Professor Gloria Kirwan presented a paper entitled ‘A practitioner’s perspective – thinking critically and reflectively on the context of regulation’ .

Pictured from left to right are some of the speakers at the conference:
Ciara McGoldrick BL, Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon (Conference Chairperson), Barry O’Donnell SC, Asst Prof. Gloria Kirwan, Teresa Blake SC.

 

6th December 2016


Congratulations to Lynne Cahill, who has been awarded an Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland) Postgraduate Scholarship

Lynne Cahill is currently a PhD student with the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin. Lynne's research interests  include gender and sexuality, sexual violence and female perpetrators, particularly intimate partner abuse in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender relationships. Her PhD explores the experience of female same sex intimate partner abuse. Lynne is supervised by Dr. Stephanie Holt.

 

 

30th November 2016


Head of School, Professor Eoin O'Sullivan re-appointed as Chair of the National Accommodation Consultative Committee by Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney

The National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee was established, on a statutory basis, under the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998.

The terms of reference of the Committee are to advise the Minister in relation to:

  • any general matter concerning accommodation for Travellers
  • any matter referred to it by the Minister
  • the most appropriate measures for improving, at local level, consultation with, and participation of, Travellers in the provision and management of accommodation
  • general matters concerning the preparation, adequacy, implementation and co-operation of Traveller accommodation programmes.

 

30th November 2016


Social Work with Migrant Families

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Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor of Social Work, hosted a seminar for members of the Irish Association of Social Workers' (IASW) Social Work and Migration special interest group on Friday 18th November 2016.  Daniela Jurj, National Coordinator of the Migrant Family Support Service, New Communities Partnership, presented on the work of the MFSS, some of the challenges, concerns and observations arising from their clients' experiences of child protection services, and resulting challenges for child and family support systems. Practitioners and students, attending from as far afield as Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Limerick and Wicklow, contributed to a useful discussion of the issues raised.  A video of the presentation will be available shortly on the IASW Special Interest Groups' site.  

Photo: Daniela Jurj (Centre) with L to R, Robert Olama and some members of the Social Work and Migration Special Interest Group Committee, chairperson Susan Lewandowski, Sean Lynch and Colletta Dalikeni 

23rd November 2016


UCD Women and Gender Studies in Association with the School of Social Work and Social Policy TCD are very proud to host:

ccProfessor Nira Yuval Davis on 'Contextualising Feminism: Gender, Belonging and Citizenship'. Nira Yuval-Davis is the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London, established in September 2009. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network of Women In Militarized Conflict Zones, She has acted as a consultant to various NGOs and Human Rights organizations such as the UNDP, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Amnesty International, AWID and the international Investigative Women’s Delegation ‘Justice in the Gujarat’. On Friday 21st October at 11am in William Fry Theatre, Sunderland Law Building in UCD.

 

14th October 2016


 

The Review of Local Government Arrangements in Galway, chaired by Head of School, Professor Eoin O’Sullivan was published on Friday, October 7th, by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney, T.D. The review unanimously recommended that the option of merging the two local authorities be explored further in time for the 2019 local elections. The committee says a Greater Galway Authority would maximise the potential of the region to maintain, secure and grow its sustainable economic base into the future.

The report can be found here.

 

11th October 2016

 


Eavan Brady presents her PhD research framework at the 14th European Scientific Association in Oviedo, Spain

Assistant Professor in Social Work and PhD Candidate Eavan Brady presented her PhD research framework at the 14th European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents in Oviedo, Spain in September 2016. Eavan is in Year 3 of her PhD studies and is supervised by Professor Robbie Gilligan. Her PhD research is exploring the educational pathways of adult care leavers.  More information on this study can be found here.

 

10th October 2016.


International Reflections on Approaches to Mental Health Social Work is a collection of contributions highlighting the contemporary contexts and practices related to mental health social work across the world. The work contained in this collection was originally published in a special edition of the Journal of Social Work Practice. The editors of this collection are Professor Malcolm Golightley, University of Lincoln and Gloria Kirwan, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Golightley is also a registered social worker with extensive mental health experience and he is currently the Editor of the British Journal of Social Work.
Gloria Kirwan is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Trinity College Dublin and is also a registered social worker who has worked and researched in the field of mental health social work for many years.

Further details available from the publisher’s website.

 

6th October 2016


 

Dr Catherine Conlon will contribute to this year's Medical Humanities Seminar Series at Trinity Long Room Hub on Tuesday March 14th 2017.  For more details click here

 

 

4th October 2016


Howth Walk

howth walk

 

Sociology and Social Policy students brave the rain on Howth Head with Programme Director Professor Richard Layte and Associate Professor Catherine Conlon.

4th October 2016


Contemporary Perspectives in Social Work - Evening Lecture Series

The Contemporary Perspectives in Social Work Evening Lecture Series, Trinity College will commence on Tuesday next October 4th 2016. The lecture series, which addresses a range of topics of current interest to social workers provides opportunities for continuing professional development.

28th September 2016


Meeting with Minister of State David Stanton in the Department of Justice & Equality

Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh from UCD and the research team who worked on the recently launched report: Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community, met with Minister of State David Stanton in the Department of Justice & Equality on 22nd September 2016 to discuss furthering the recommendations of their report. East Cork TD David Stanton is Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration. Caroline Reid from research partners the Irish Refugee Council and a representative from the Reception and Integration Agency were also in attendance. The meeting was productive and a follow up meeting is planned. 

Minister of State David Stanton

L-R: Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh, Lecturer in Social Work, UCD;  Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor in Social Work, TCD; David Stanton, Minister of State for Justice; Siphathisiwe (Blessing) Moyo and Gabriel Wenyi Mendes.

28th September 2016


Congratulations to Natalie Glynn, who has been awarded an Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland) Postgraduate Scholarship.

Natalie's Project Working Title is A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Leaving State Care in Ireland: Young People’s Perspectives. This research will investigate the intersection of the child welfare system and young people’s transitions to independence. In December 2015 legislation was passed that made the provision of aftercare plans an obligation for young people leaving care and eligible adults formerly in care. As an exploratory longitudinal qualitative research project, it seeks to empower young people who have lived in State care in Ireland to define their circumstances and experiences of leaving care in order to expand the knowledge base on how young people leaving care in Ireland navigate the transition to adulthood. This study’s findings are expected to advance understanding of the lives and experiences of young people post-care and have implications for how this transition is theorized and responded to in policy and practice. Natalie is supervised by Dr Paula Mayock.

7th September 2016


BASPCAN Irish Branch present a conference on the Children First Act 2015 & Children and Family Relationships Act 2015: Implications for Child Protection and Welfare Practice

10.30am Friday 16th September in Trinity College Dublin

Speakers: Michele Clarke: Children First Legislation: Legislation and Impact

Sonia Bruen: The Implications of the Children and Family Relationships Act for Practitioners

Grace Corrigan: The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015: Implications for Children as Individual Rights Holders

The full timetable and more information about the event can be accessed here.

BASPCAN members can attend free by contacting Louise O'Brien. Cost for non-members is €20 and can be booked through Eventbrite.

For more information please contact Dr Stephanie Holt.

9th September 2016


 

National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death

Bereavement Care

On the 10th August the Health Service Executive launched National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death. This important new policy development stems from the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar.

The evidence base for the need for service development in this area is drawn from original research carried out by a team led by Dr Trish Walsh reviewing the bereavement care service in Beaumont Hospital as well as original research carried out by a thesis student supervised by Dr Walsh and subsequently published as an article in the British Journal of Social Work (Pregnancy Loss in Rural Ireland: an experience of disenfranchised grief,  Mulvihill and Walsh, 2014). Ms Mulvihill, a graduate of the TCD BSS programme was subsequently invited to be the social work representative on the national group which developed the new standards.  

Congratulations to Ms Mulvihill, Dr Walsh and the Beaumont research team for this important contribution to policy development.

31st August 2016


Congratulations to Catherine O'Dare, who has been awarded an Irish Research Council (Government of Ireland) Postgraduate Scholarship.

Catherine's Project Title is The Experience, meaning and significance of Intergenerational adult friendship to older people in Ireland. This study seeks to explore and understand intergenerational friendship from the perspective of the ‘older’ friend. That these chosen friends are of a different generation provides valuable insights into ageing, age-stereotyping and ageist assumptions. Taking a qualitative approach using Constructivist Grounded Theory, rich data is being gathered through in-depth semi-structured interviews. The research is intended to contribute valuable and substantive knowledge to ageing, friendship and generation literature. Catherine is supervised by Virpi Timonen and Catherine Conlon.

 

5th August 2016


Congratulations to Professor Robbie Gilligan and Dr Laura Arnau-Sabates on the recently published article 'The Role of Carers in Supporting the Progress of Care Leavers in the World of Work'

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Congratulations to Professor Robbie Gilligan and Dr Laura Arnau-Sabates (UAB – Autonomous University of Barcelona) on their recently published article in the journal Child and Family Social Work  which is entitled ‘The Role of Carers in Supporting the Progress of Care Leavers in the World of Work.’

 

26th July 2016


Negative Legacy of Direct Provision - congratulations to Maeve Foreman and Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh of UCD on the publication of their report 'Transition: from Direct Provision to life in the community'

 

A report co-authored by Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, which looks at the difficulties faced by former asylum seekers in attempting to transition from Direct Provision to life in the wider community, has just been launched.

More information about the report can be found on Trinity News and Events.

21st July 2016


Congratulations To Gillian Smith who has won best Student poster at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 2016

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Gillian Smith, PhD student at the School of Social Work and Social Policy won best student poster at the British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference 2016, held at the University of Stirling from 6th to 8th July. Gillian’s poster, titled ‘Older Imprisonment in Ireland: 1924 – 2014’, analyses trends in the incarceration of men and women aged over fifty in Ireland since the establishment of the State. 

 

 

12th July 2016


Congratulations BSS & MSW Class of 2016

 

class of 2016 class of 2016

Congratulations and best wishes to our recent undergraduate and postgraduate social work students who graduated on Thursday 23rd June.

28th June 2016


Open Event, Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Social Studies held its first Online Open Evening on May 11th with over 35 prospective students attending to learn more about this unique online programme.

Assistant Professors Dr. Julie Byrne and Dr. Stephanie Holt covered topics including the online learning environment, resources and support and admissions criteria for the programme. A graduate of the programme also joined the webinar to describe his experience in the Social Studies programme and how he balanced his work and personal life with the online modules. This was especially helpful for prospective students who have not taken online modules in the past and were curious as to how the programme would fit in with their busy schedules.

If you missed the Online Open Evening or want to learn more about the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Social Studies programme, you can watch a recording of the webinar here.If you wish to apply or have any questions, please feel free to email us at obriel10@tcd.ie

 


 

Congratulations to Dr Jennifer Scholtz and Prof Robbie Gilligan on their recently published article in the journal Childhood  which is entitled "Encountering difference: young girls' perspectives on separateness and friendship in culturally diverse schools in Dublin" The article draws on findings from Dr Scholtz's PhD study ‘Narratives of Mobility, Difference, Belonging and Home: Young Girls' Experiences of Migration to Ireland’ which was supervised by Prof Gilligan. Her PhD study was supported by a Family Support Agency studentship as well as the Trinity Immigration Initiative. Click here for a link to the article abstract.

 

 

9th June 2016


Call for abstracts for 2017 Special Issue
The editors of the British Journal of Social Work invite submission of abstracts for this special issue to be guest –edited by Dr Trish Walsh (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) and Dr Tor Slettebø (VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway) 
What fresh thinking is needed for child and family social work in the 21st century?
From its original theoretical base in psychodynamic theory and practice, child welfare practice now incorporates and is influenced by a myriad of other theoretical approaches, ranging from cognitive behavioural therapy to parent-training to attachment therapy, from fields of practice spanning developmental psychopathology, psychiatry, epigenetics, neuroscience, positive psychology, education and criminology. With advances in medical and scientific knowledge have come some new insights into the causes of child maltreatment and the social problems most commonly associated with child maltreatment but no real consensus on how we can practise most effectively to disrupt the negative effects of sustained patterns of child abuse and neglect. 
‘There is a fascinating, difficult and immensely worthwhile task awaiting us: to articulate for the early 21st century, the role of social workers in working with children who cannot live with their families or who are at risk within them’ (Stevenson, 2013, pg 98). 
From our work as practitioners, academics and researchers, we observe new inequalities and marginalised voices which emerge from current practices. New challenges arise from increasing levels of inequality, deeper divisions between the global North and global South, war and forced migrations, and transnational movements of vulnerable youth and families. Not only are the voices of children within care systems in the main silent and unheard, but also those of parents of children in care. As a profession, we have focused on user participation for decades, but why do we not show more success when it comes to children and families in child welfare services? 


The main aims of the Special Issue are:
To raise an international debate about the current frameworks of child welfare – ideological, political, philosophical, theoretical, organizational and ethical - and the understanding of this from a social work perspective locally and globally
To introduce papers that will explore and discuss what could be social work’s own contribution (as a discipline and a profession) in trying to understand the needs of children and parents in contact with the services and how these could be met To provide contributions to this debate which draw on the experiences of those most affected by social work actions: children, parents and families, kinship carers, foster-carers, adopters and residential care staff
To invite papers which develop innovative practices

Key themes are:
- Social work practice including children’s need for protection and parents needs for support  - Central challenges for including a ‘both/ and’ perspective in child welfare  - Theory and knowledge that could inform new and innovative approaches 
We welcome in particular papers that:
- Offer original perspectives  - Authors from across the globe  - New research findings  - New theoretical perspectives 
Guidelines for abstract submission: 
Abstract proposals not exceeding 800 words in length should be sent by email to arrive no later than July 29th 2016 to Dr Trish Walsh, School of Social Policy and Social Work, Trinity College Dublin. Trish.walsh@tcd.ie.   Please ensure that you include your full name and email contact details. 
Timescale for the Special Issue

Prospective authors must be in a position to meet the following key deadlines if their abstract is accepted:   Full drafts of all papers will be due at the latest by October 31st 2016  Following review, draft papers will be returned to authors with a decision by Dec 24th 2016   Final versions of manuscripts from authors must be received by February 28th 2017   NB: Papers may be submitted in advance of these due dates. In accordance with BJSW’s normal publication procedures, all accepted papers, including those not selected for the Special Issue, will be published online on the BJSW website in advance of publication in the printed volume.

 

9th June 2016


Open Event, Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, Wednesday 15th June 6PM

Shortlisted for the PostGradIreland Best New Postgraduate Course of the Year Award, 2016

 

This fully online event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to lecturers about the course
  • Learn how the online programme is structured and delivered
  • Meet current students and find out about their experiences

To access the link to this online event please contact Louise O'Brien.

The Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies looks at:

  • The role social policy plays in solving the ‘wicked’ social problems that contemporary societies face
  • The social policy issues addressed on the programme include crime, poverty, family violence and inequality

The course is delivered through weekly online learning materials with live online tutorials and interactive discussions. It will be of interest to:

  • Graduates without a social science undergraduate qualification who wish to convert to Masters level study in the area
  • Those working in social policy or advocating for social policy change
  • Applicants from outside of Ireland, in particular North America, who wish to study in Ireland’s leading university

Over one academic year, this level 9 postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to study:

  • Social policy
  • Criminology
  • The Family and Society
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Managing Change

Date: Wednesday 15th June, 2016

To reserve a place or more more information please email Louise O'Brien

7th June 2016


Open Event, Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Social Studies held its first Online Open Evening on May 11th with over 35 prospective students attending to learn more about this unique online programme.

Assistant Professors Dr. Julie Byrne and Dr. Stephanie Holt covered topics including the online learning environment, resources and support and admissions criteria for the programme. A graduate of the programme also joined the webinar to describe his experience in the Social Studies programme and how he balanced his work and personal life with the online modules. This was especially helpful for prospective students who have not taken online modules in the past and were curious as to how the programme would fit in with their busy schedules.

If you missed the Online Open Evening or want to learn more about the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Social Studies programme, you can watch a recording of the webinar here. If you wish to apply or have any questions, please feel free to email us at obriel10@tcd.ie

 

12th May 2016


International Scholarship Opportunity


The School of Social Work and Social Policy is proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship for international (non-EU) applicants to our postgraduate taught programmes.


International Postgraduate Taught Course Scholarship
The scholarship is open to any non-EU applicant to a taught programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy for Michaelmas term 2016. There is one scholarship valued at €5,000, applied to the reduction of non-EU tuition fees.


Who can apply?
Applicants who have non-EU (international) status and will pay tuition fees at the non-EU rate and who have submitted an application to a taught postgraduate programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy (SWSP).


Selection criteria
Applicants for the scholarship will be assessed based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall TCD and SWSP community.

Scholarship application documents

  • Application number (assigned by TCD when application is submitted)
  • Up to 500 word statement on the topic of why they selected their chosen programme and why they wish to study at Trinity. Please submit in Microsoft word document or pdf format
  • CV or résumé.

Application process

  • Submit scholarship documents as follows: Email obriel10@tcd.ie and ensure the subject line reads: your name and “International Postgraduate Taught Course Scholarship
  • Scholarship documents must be submitted by no later than Friday, May 20th, 2016

9th May 2016


Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities (Palgrave, 2015)

The book Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities (Palgrave, 2015) was formally launched by Donal O’Malley, President of the Irish Association of Social Workers on April 20th in the Royal Irish Academy. This is the first all-Irish social work textbook edited by academics from the four universities involved in professional social work education (Alastair Christie, Brid Featherstone, Suzanne Quinn and Trish Walsh) with individual chapters co-authored by academics in specialist fields. It has been described as ‘An excellent and timely collection’ by Professor Adrienne Chambon of the University of Toronto and as ‘a vibrant and stimulating portrait by a community of social work scholars who analyse pressing social issues in a wide range of contexts…of relevance well beyond this island’s shores’, by Professor Walter Lorenz, Rector of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

The pictures  show Donal O’Kelly at the launch and editors Suzanne Quin, Alastair Christie and Trish Walsh (missing is co-editor Brid Featherstone)

5th May 2016


 

Article published in Child & Youth Services Review

Congratulations to MSW graduate Orla Cahill (class of 2013), Stephanie Holt and Gloria Kirwan (School of Social Work & Social Policy) on their recent article published in Child & Youth Services Review. Stephanie supervised Orla’s dissertation and the article draws on this and another study completed by Stephanie and Gloria. The article is on early view and can be accessed at http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0190740916301268

 

 

28th April 2016


Three members of the school presented their research at the 6th European Conference for Social Work Research held by the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) in Lisbon 30th March to 1st April 2016: 

Dr. Trish Walsh and Dr. Erna O'Connor presented a study conducted with Dr. George Wilson of Queen's University Belfast, 'A New Form of Inequality? How do internationally-qualified social workers experience their transition to working life in Ireland?'.

 Erna also presented a paper based on her PhD, 
Relationship-Based Social Work: A ‘Third space’ in Responding to Trauma’ – A Practitioner Research Study'.  

Maeve Foreman's presentation with Dr. Muireann Ní Raghallaigh  'Social Work with Asylum Seekers in Ireland: Responding to need and advocating for social justice' was based on two research projects they had conducted.

 

Maeve and Dr. Ní Raghallaigh also presented on 'Social Work with Asylum Seekers in Ireland : the challenge of providing an equitable service' at the first IASW Practitioner Research Conference 'Translating Practice Wisdom to Research - Building Social Work Research Capacity' which was held in University College Cork on Friday 22nd April.

 

26th April 2016

 


Second Annual Advanced Research Methods Lecture at School of Social Work and Social Policy hosts Prof Patricia Clough, May 30th 2016 6PM, Long Room Hub TCD

The School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD is delighted to announce that Patricia Clough, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) will deliver the second Annual Advanced Research Methods lecture.

 

ABOUT PATRICIA CLOUGH
Patricia Ticineto Clough’s specialisations are Social and Critical Theory, Sociology of Culture, Media Studies and the Arts, and Gender and Sexuality. She is author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse  (1994) and The End(s)  of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998).  She is editor of The Affective Turn:  Theorizing the Social, (2007) and with Craig Willse, editor of  Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (2011). She is currently working on Ecstatic Corona: Philosophy and Family Violence, an ethnographic historically researched experimental writing project about where she grew up in Queens New York. Clough also is a practicing psychoanalyst in her last year of training.

 

ABOUT LECTURE
The Rosary: The Object’s Affect                                                                                                                          
In her performance, The Rosary: The Object’s Affect, Patricia Ticineto Clough makes use of her childhood memory of praying to take up the recent turn in philosophy to aesthetics and engagement with the liveliness of objects, their affective force, both attractive and repulsive. Once thought to be the realm of evil, aesthetics today is a resource for rethinking practices of knowing and being, from the intimate to the cosmological, from the human to the more than human. The performance is meant to enable a discussion of methods of cultural criticism that make use of artistic impulse in study and representation in these post-traumatic times of biopolitics and necropolitics.

 

LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.  BOOKINGS TO CONLONCE@TCD.IE WILL CONFIRM A PLACE.
This Lecture is supported by Faculty Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Professors Fund

 

25th April 2016


Congratulations to School PhD Student Eavan Brady

 

Congratulations to School PhD student, Eavan Brady, who is co-author of a new article published in the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care: ‘Social media meets international Community of Interest: The LinkedIn Education of Children in Care Network’ which is available at https://www.celcis.org/files/7514/6054/8503/005._2016_Vol_15_1_Matheson_Social_Media.pdf

The authors of the article are Iain Matheson, Eavan and Graham Connolly. Eavan’s doctoral study is investigating the educational journeys of younger adults who grew up in care. Her study is being supervised by Professor Robbie Gilligan

 

22nd April 2016


Online Open Evening Postgraduate Diploma Applied Social Studies, Wednesday 11th May 6PM

Shortlisted for the PostGradIreland Best New Postgraduate Course of the Year Award, 2016

 

This fully online event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to lecturers about the course
  • Learn how the online programme is structured and delivered
  • Meet current students and find out about their experiences

To access the link to this online event please contact Louise O'Brien.

The Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies looks at:

  • The role social policy plays in solving the ‘wicked’ social problems that contemporary societies face
  • The social policy issues addressed on the programme include crime, poverty, family violence and inequality

The course is delivered through weekly online learning materials with live online tutorials and interactive discussions. It will be of interest to:

  • Graduates without a social science undergraduate qualification who wish to convert to Masters level study in the area
  • Those working in social policy or advocating for social policy change
  • Applicants from outside of Ireland, in particular North America, who wish to study in Ireland’s leading university

Over one academic year, this level 9 postgraduate programme offers students the opportunity to study:

  • Social policy
  • Criminology
  • The Family and Society
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Managing Change

Date: Wednesday 11th May, 2016

To reserve a place or more more information please email Louise O'Brien

19th April 2016


New Scholars in the School of Social Work and Social Policy


Congratulations to Bachelor in Social Studies students Ailish Mitchell and Clodagh O'Connor and Bachelor in Sociology and Social Policy student Philomena Murphy.

They were elected as Scholars on Trinity Monday for achieving first class honours in their Foundation Scholarship exams.  Classmates, staff from the School and members of their family were in front square to congratulate the scholars after the announcement.  Scholarship is a prestigious award which was given to just 50 students across college this year.

A scholarship is tenured for five years during which time the Scholar is entitled to free Trinity accommodation, their evening meal free of charge at Commons, a waiver of their tuition fees or student contribution and a small annual stipend.  Scholars are also entitled to use the 'sch' after their name. 

Well done all!

 

11th April 2016


International Scholarship Opportunity


The School of Social Work and Social Policy is proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship for international (non-EU) applicants to our postgraduate taught programmes.


International Postgraduate Taught Course Scholarship
The scholarship is open to any non-EU applicant to a taught programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy for Michaelmas term 2016. There is one scholarship valued at €5,000, applied to the reduction of non-EU tuition fees.


Who can apply?
Applicants who have non-EU (international) status and will pay tuition fees at the non-EU rate and who have submitted an application to a taught postgraduate programme in the School of Social Work and Social Policy (SWSP).


Selection criteria
Applicants for the scholarship will be assessed based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall TCD and SWSP community.

Scholarship application documents

  • Application number (assigned by TCD when application is submitted)
  • Up to 500 word statement on the topic of why they selected their chosen programme and why they wish to study at Trinity. Please submit in Microsoft word document or pdf format
  • CV or résumé.

Application process

  • Submit scholarship documents as follows: Email obriel10@tcd.ie and ensure the subject line reads: your name and “International Postgraduate Taught Course Scholarship
  • Scholarship documents must be submitted by no later than Friday, May 13th, 2016

6th April 2016


Postgraduate Studentship opportunities

We are delighted to announce the below studentship opportunities in the School.

PhD studentship - Full-time

This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. Register, or new entrants for entry in September 2016 or March 2017. The studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fees and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

 

Eligibility requirements:
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a masters degree, or a primary degree (1st class or 2.1 honours) or equivalent. 

Application process:
Please complete an application form for consideration of this award. Please submit one electronic version to Louise O'Brien at obriel10@tcd.ie by 12 noon Friday, 20th May 2016.

Expectations:
The holder of this studentship will be required to engage in teaching related activities, as advised by their supervisor and/or the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) or his/her nominee, to a maximum of 6 hours per week in teaching term. It is also important to be aware that income received by the award recipient from other sources (such as private tuition, research funding), can be to the maximum annual income level of €18,000 excluding fees but including the studentship maintenance. The receipt of any additional funding must be notified immediately to the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) in the School. Postgraduate studentships cannot continue beyond the fourth year on the Ph.D. register.

Selection process:
The selection process will involve a 15 minute presentation by the candidate on their proposed research, followed by an interview. This will take place in June 2016, date to be confirmed.

PhD studentships - Part-time

Two studentships are available to students who enter the part-time PhD register from October 2016 onwards. Part-time students who register after this date will be eligible to apply for the studentship as soon as they have successfully completed their confirmation review. After passing the review, those who wish to apply for the studentship can submit an application of no more than 3,000 words, consisting of

  • a one page CV;
  • a one page outline of the original contributions and novelty of their doctoral research;
  • a one page outline of the plan for progressing and publicising their doctoral research to completion.

These applications will be considered in the order in which they are submitted, until two studentships have been awarded. These studentships fully cover the EU fees for a maximum period of two years, or until the thesis has been completed.

4th April 2016


Trinity Week, 11th-15th April 2016

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to be hosting this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week. The theme for the week is “Memory”. The public is invited to participate in this week long programme which will include exciting events which demonstrate the key role memory plays in the teaching and research in the Faculty.

Trinity Week commences on “Trinity Monday”, 11th April, when Trinity College Dublin celebrates the announcement of the Honorary Fellows, new Fellows and Scholars of the college. The ceremony is one of the oldest and most colourful at Trinity College and refers back to the foundation of Trinity College in 1592 as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars.

This is followed by a week of events including symposia, lectures, roundtable discussions and many other events around the theme of memory, which will be of interest to the general public.

Click here to download the brochure of events

All welcome!

30th March 2016


Open Evening MSc Applied Social Research, Thursday April 7th

The M.Sc. in Applied Social Research is designed for graduates in the social sciences who wish to:

  • Develop their research skills and gain employment in the fields of research, policy, advocacy, consultancy and other careers where research skills are deemed essential or highly desirable.
  • Build research skills for application in their current work environments.
  • Acquire a strong foundation for further post-graduate study, particularly for PhD research.

The course provides advanced training in the conduct of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research through specialised teaching in the design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of research. We particularly strive to equip our students with core, widely transferable research skills.

This degree is multidisciplinary and career-focused. The work placement is a unique component of the course and is central to the goal of ensuring that students are prepared for the workforce. All students are offered the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced researchers for an 8-week period in a range of reputable research environments. The work placement module is completed in Year 1 by full-time students and in Year 2 by part-time students.

Graduates of the M.Sc. in Applied Social Research typically gain employment in a variety of organisations including public or private research institutes or consultancies, government departments, university departments, the NGO sector, and in a range of policy environments. Others go on to pursue further post-graduate study. This Masters can be completed on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis.


Date: Thursday 7th April

Time: 5:30-7pm

Venue: Room 3080 Arts Building, TCD

Apply now (closing date for applications: 31st May 2016)
http://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az/course.php?id=DPTSW-ASRE-1F09

Enquiries
Dr. Paula Mayock, Course Director, Tel: +353 1 896 2636, Email: pmayock@tcd.ie
Website: http://www.tcd.ie/swsp/postgraduate/social-research/index.php

24th March 2016


Professor Robbie Gilligan pays tribute to social workers and especially our Trinity social work graduates on World Social Work Day (March 15th)

Statement by Professor Gilligan, Professor of Social Work and Social Policy: 'On World Social Work Day, our School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity is proud to join in recognising how  social workers are promoting social justice and human rights all over the world. In particular, we acknowledge the work of graduates from our own two professional programmes Bachelor in Social Studies and Master in Social Work. Across so many fields of human need and in so many places, our alumni are active daily in serving people in challenging circumstances. We think of a number of examples: Brian Conroy (MSW, 2015), Social Worker, Children in Care Team, Tallaght, Tusla - Child and Family Agency; Jeanne Forde (BSS, 2007), Clinical Coordinator, Jigsaw Dublin 15, part of Headstrong youth mental health programme; Saragh McGarrigle (MSW, 2006), Probation Officer, the Probation Service; Aileen Mulvihill (BSS, 2006), Senior Medical Social Worker, Specialist Palliative Care, Health Service Executive, Roscommon; John Rynne (BSS, 1988), Country Director for GOAL in Ethiopia; and Pamela Sibanda (MSW), Social Worker, Dublin North, Tusla - Child and Family Agency. We pay tribute to the great work of these and all our many other alumni, and of all social workers across the world.'

14th March 2016


Public Lecture - Successful Strategies for Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals - 21 March

The School of Social Work and Social Policy and Trinity EngAGE are delighted to invite you to attend a lecture by Prof Merril Silverstein: Successful Strategies for Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals.  Professor Silverstein will discuss how emerging—as well as more experienced—scholars can maximize the likelihood that their research manuscripts will be published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Topics covered include choosing a journal, good practices and common pitfalls, responding to a revise-and-resubmit decision, and handling rejection. Although the point of departure will be quantitative social and behavioural science research, special attention will be devoted to interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches. The presentation is intended to help optimize success at journal publishing for career advancement in the academic world.

Event Details:
Date: 21 March 2016
Time: 10.30am – noon
Venue: Stanley Quek Lecture Theatre, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute

Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., is the inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University in the Maxwell School Department of Sociology and School of Social Work. He received his doctorate in sociology from Columbia University. In over 150 research publications, he has focused on ageing in the context of family life, with an emphasis on life course and international perspectives. He serves as principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations and has had projects in China, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Israel. He is a Brookdale Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar and between 2010-2014 served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Professor Virpi Timonen: http://people.tcd.ie/timonenv

14th March 2016


Assistant Professor Gloria Kirwan co-authors report Tallaght Roma Integration Project: Working for health inclusion through a community development model

On 21 January 2016, Cllr Sarah Holland, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, formally launched a report titled Tallaght Roma Integration Project: Working for health inclusion through a community development model.

The report was published by the Tallaght Roma Integration Project with the assistance of funding from the HSE Social Inclusion Office. The authors are Deirdre Jacob, a Primary Care Social Worker with the HSE based in the Tallaght area and Gloria Kirwan who is Asst Professor of Social Work in Trinity College Dublin. The full report is available on Trinity's Access to Research Archive page.

15th February 2016


Assistant Professor Anthony McCashin publishes article in Policy & Politics Journal Blog

On January 6th 2016, Assistant Professor Anthony McCashin published an article entitled 'The Welfare state: A Case of Plus cá change?' in the Policy & Politics Journal Blog. To read the full article visit the Policy & Politics Journal Blog.

9th February 2016

 

 


New School Postgraduate Video

Are you interested in our Postgraduate Programmes? Check out our new postgraduate video for information on some of our programmes and the University.

28th January, 2016

 

 


JOB VACANCY - Assistant Professor in Social Policy (Full-Time/5 Year Contract)

We are hiring an Assistant Professor in Social Policy (Full Time/5 Year Contract). Details on the post can be found on the TCD Vacancies website.

26th January, 2016

 

 


Postgraduate Open Day, January 21 2016

Postgraduate Open Day will take place this month, on Thursday 21 January 2016, 4-7PM. The event will be held in the Examination Hall/Public Theatre. All our postgraduate courses will be represented at our stand. Please come by to see us if you are interested in any of our programmes. Further information is available on the TCD Postgraduate Open Day page.

6th January, 2016

 


Professor Robbie Gilligan writes Op-Ed in the Journal.ie on children in care

Professor Robbie Gilligan has written a piece now available on the Journal.ie exploring how attentive the Irish State is to the educational progress of the population of children in its care.

The piece has also been featured by Better Care Network - the international website promoting better practices in support of children and young people in care.

5th January, 2016

 


New Trinity MOOC to be launched in February 2016

In early February 2016, Trinity will launch a new MOOC (massive open online course) on Ageing. Instructors on the course include Prof. Virpi Timonen of the School of Social Work & Social Policy. Anyone can participate for free (around 8,000 people have signed up so far), but you must register in order to be able to access the course contents. Details on registration can be found here.

4th January, 2016