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2019 Welcome from the Head of School

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy’s annual newsletter, my first as Head of School.

The disciplines that make up our School have never been more important for understanding and informing public debate on the crucial economic, political and social issues of our time. Through the outstanding research and public engagement of our talented academic staff and our remarkable and inspiring alumni community of over 10,000 graduates, our School continues to have a significant national and global impact on public policy, business, innovation, media and academia.

Of course, it all starts with our students and our undergraduate programmes remain as popular as ever. Our dedication to teaching has been marked this year by both a Provost’s Teaching Award and a Trinity Postgraduate Teaching Award for members of our School. Our postgraduate programmes have also expanded taking in more graduate students than ever before and, through the generous support of our alumni, our Grattan Scholars programme continues to support our PhD programmes bringing our total to 19 Grattan Scholars from 13 different countries.

The year ahead sees more exciting and innovative developments in teaching under the Trinity Education Project with the launch of a new Trinity Elective in Impact Evaluation for Global Development, which will be delivered almost entirely online to students from all across the campus, and a new module, History, Philosophy and the Ethics of Science to be taken by all Senior Fresh science students. Both initiatives see the School reaching a larger and more diverse student population from a multitude of different disciplines.

Our commitment to public outreach and engagement continues and the last year saw a number of high profile public lectures and events with more planned for the year ahead. This year we will host the inaugural Henry Grattan lecture in Washington DC by Congressman Mr Richard Neal, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee while this year’s London lecture will be given by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice Chancellor of Oxford University. You can keep up to date on all School events on our website www.tcd.ie/ssp.

Engagement with our alumni enriches all aspects of what we do and we would like to thank the many graduates, two of whom are featured in this newsletter, who continue to support and contribute to the academic life of the School long after they have graduated. We look forward to meeting many of you at the various alumni events that we will hold around the world in the year to come. Please do stay in touch.

Professor Carol Newman
Head of the School of
Social Sciences and Philosophy