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News Archive: July - December 2017



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 04th, 2017

Horizon 2020Professor 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.

November 23, 2017




RP Fair

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)


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

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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.




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.

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:  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

The 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



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