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Post Title:  PhD Studentship Opportunities
Department/Faculty:  School of Social Work and Social Policy
Closing Date:  12 Noon on Friday, May 16th 2014

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the School of Social Work and Social Policy. This studentship is open to current students on the full-time Ph.D. Register, or new entrants for entry in September 2014 or March 2015.  The postgraduate studentship fully covers EU or non-EU fees and an annual maintenance of €8,000 for three years.

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15th April 2014


The Children’s Research Centre in association with the Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research (a joint initiative of Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway) is pleased to announce a public lecture:

Resisting Injustice, Recovering Truth

Phil Scraton

Thursday May 8th 2014
Mhairtin Ui Chadhain Theatre (2041B),
Arts Building
Trinity College Dublin

This lecture is free but please register here

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For further information, please contact Dr Lorraine Swords at

14th April 2014

Open Evening: M.Sc. in Disability Studies
School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD
Tuesday April 29th, 2014 from 16.30 to 18.30

Room 2026, Arts Building
Trinity College Dublin

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14th April 2014

Ms Maeve Foreman & Professor Robert Gilligan represent TCD in the Human Rights in Ireland blogathon

blogathonOn April 10th, the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland was 14 years old.  The Blog ‘Human Rights in Ireland’ organised a 14 hour blogathon on the issue throughout the day, from 7am to 9pm. Professor Robbie Gilligan and Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman from the School of Social Work and Social Policy joined many other contributors in showing how Direct Provision threatens human rights.  Their blogs highlighted social workers’ concerns about the conditions that people are living under in Direct Provision and the risks to children of remaining long term in institutions not designed for long term residence.  You can read their blogs at these three links:

Our colleague Dr. Muireann Ni Raghallaigh from UCD (and BSS and PhD graduate from the School) wrote on the situation for ‘aged out’ separated children who are moved from foster care to direct provision, and her blog can be found at this link

All other blogs on the day, including the voices of many asylum seekers, can be found at or on Twitter at #directprovision14

Assistant Professor Maeve Foreman also contributed to a special report on Morning Ireland, 11th April on behalf of the Irish Association of Social Workers who has added its voice to calls for an end to Direct Provision, and

11th April 2014

Congratulations to Ms Catherine Boyle, Bachelor in Social Studies who was awarded Foundation Scholarship this week.

The School would like to offer congratulations to Ms Catherine Boyle, Bachelor in Social Studies who was awarded Foundation Scholarship this week. Foundation Scholarship is a great achievement and only 99 students in the entire University received the award this year. Congratulations Catherine, well deserved!!

10th April 2014

Presentation of new Report on Traveller Accommodation to Minister Jan O’Sullivan

Chair of the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee (NTACC), Eoin O’Sullivan and members of the Committee present the results of the Research Report commissioned by the NTACC on Traveller specific accommodation and why some Travellers are leaving that accommodation to Minister Jan O’Sullivan at the Custom House.

10th April 2014

The Inaugural Lecture in the joint TCD School of Social Work & Social Policy and the UCD School of Applied Social Sciences Lecture Series will be held on April 28, 2014.

This Event will be held at 7pm in the Robert Emmett Lecture Theatre.

The lecture is entitled ‘Paradigms Lost and Found: Housing First and Ending Homelessness Debates’ and will be delivered by Professor Deborah Padgett, New York University, Silver School of Social Work.

10th April 2014

Professor Robbie Gilligan joins post-show panel discussion ‘ Woman Stood Regardless’

If your life shattered and crumbled, how would you get back up?
Woman Stood Regardless is inspired by choreographer Catherine Young’s work with a group of remarkable women from a Kerry-based women’s support service.
Four raw and tender female dancers weave universal truths through personal stories, seeking hope in chaos. Deafening silence and pounding percussion drive relentless, edgy dance. Woman Stood Regardless looks for the cracks to let in the light. After the show a panel will discuss some of the issues raised by the performance:

07th April 2014

Research Highlights Challenges Faced by High Conflict Families

Common challenges faced by high-conflict families include domestic abuse, poor mental health and addiction according to new research by a Trinity academic. The research was published recently in a new report entitled Policy Recommendations for Policy Makers authored by Dr Stephanie Holt, Director of Teaching and Learning at Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy, and Candy Murphy of CMAdvice. 

To read more about this press release, please view the Communications Office webpage here.<>

02nd April 2014

Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor was invited to speak at the Irish Association of Social Workers seminar Friday 21st March 2014

Maeve Foreman, Assistant Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, was an invited speaker at the Irish Association of Social Workers' (IASW) seminar to celebrate World Social Work Day, Friday 21st March, Wynn's Hotel, Dublin.  The focus of the event was on solutions and the particular slant that social workers bring to finding/implementing solutions whether individually or as a member of a team – the difference that makes the difference.  Maeve's paper, 'Enabling People to Living Life Sustainably', which drew on her experience of community development approaches in social work and the growth of community gardens in Dublin's North Inner City, was based on one of five social work solutions identified by the International Federation of Social Work (IFSW).    Other speakers included Rory Truell, Secretary General of the IFSW, who spoke on why they continue to focus on social and economic crises and address the global context.  The IFSW represents over 750,000 social workers worldwide and more information about World Social Work Day can be found on their website ( ).

26th March 2014

Congratulations to Geraldine Foley whose article has been published

Congratulations to Geraldine Foley, HRB Research Fellow, and to Prof. Virpi Timonen, whose article “Understanding psycho-social processes underpinning engagement with services in motor neurone disease: A qualitative study” has been published in Palliative Medicine [Impact factor: 2.609, Ranking: 15/82 in Health Care Sciences & Services]. The article reports on some of the key findings from Geraldine’s PhD, supervised by Prof. Timonen. Please see further details of this publication on link below

26th March 2014


Focus Ireland and the School of Social Work and Social Policy (Trinity College Dublin) are hosting Monthly Lunchtime Talks on the last Wednesday of each month in 2014.

We would like to invite you to our March Lunchtime Talk.
Dr. Nuala Connolly from the Centre for Youth Research and Development in NUI Maynooth will present on the 'Longitudinal Evaluation of Youth Advocate Programmes (YAP) Ireland'. This longitudinal study was commissioned by YAP Ireland, and sought to evaluate the effectiveness of the YAP model in an Irish context, to assess whether the structure of the organisation is fit for purpose, and whether its new programmes contribute to positive outcomes for young people and families. The reported findings suggest that there are clear positive outcomes for young people who participate in the YAP programme.
Date: Wednesday 26th March 2014
Time: 1.00-2.00pm
Location: Focus Ireland, The Chapel, George's Hill, Halston Street, Dublin 7 (View a map and get directions here).
Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP here.
Please feel free to send this invitation onto your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you at this talk.

21st March 2014

Public Lecture on Historical Inquiries into Child Abuse

Please click on link here to see full poster details

21st March 2014

Congratulations to Dr Paul Sargent who recently launched his new book ‘Wild Arabs and Savages: A History of Juvenile Justice in Ireland'

From left to right: Associate Professor Helen Buckley, Associate Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, Professor Shane Kilcommins & Dr. Paul Sargent

Congratulations to Dr Paul Sargent who recently launched his new book ‘Wild Arabs and Savages: A History of Juvenile Justice in Ireland’.  The event was held in the University Common room and the book was officially launched by Professor Shane Kilcommins, University of Limerick. Dr Sargent completed his PhD in the School in 2010 and was supervised by Associate Professor Eoin O’Sullivan.

14th March 2014

Congratulations to Alan Maddock who had his paper published with the topic 'Consensus or contention: an exploration of multidisciplinary team functioning in an Irish mental health context'.

Maddock, A. (2014) Consensus or contention: an exploration of multidisciplinary team functioning in an Irish mental health context. European Journal of Social Work.
This case study explored multidisciplinary teamwork in contemporary mental health settings, particularly what aids and hinders the process of multidisciplinary teamworking, and the social work contribution in such teams. Within this design, data was generated through semi-structured interviews and structured observation of a mental health MDT in Ireland. These data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. This research raises concerns for social work's capacity to function within mental health MDTs in Ireland, and highlights ways in which social work educators might respond in order to empower Irish social workers to meet the challenges of mental health multidisciplinary teamworking. For further details on this publication, please click on link below

11th March 2014

Open Evening: Masters in Applied Social Research

School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD
Thursday March 27th, 2014 from 5pm to 6.30 p.m.
Room 3080, Arts Block

This Masters course, which can be completed on a one year, full-time or two year, part-time basis, is designed for graduates in the social sciences who want to develop their research skills and gain employment in the area of research. It is equally suited to those who want to build research skills for application in other work environments. The course also provides a strong foundation for further post-graduate study, particularly for PhD research.

A core aim of the course is to equip students with advanced skills in the conduct of quantitative and qualitative research. This is achieved through training in devising, conducting, analysing and communicating research. All students complete a work placement as part of the course and this gives them the opportunity to work alongside experienced researchers in some of Ireland’s most reputable research institutes.

You will have the opportunity at Open Evening to hear more about this Masters and to speak directly to the teaching team and graduates of the course.

Refreshments Served


6th March 2014

Now taking applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Welfare (with M.Sc. Option)

We are delighted to announce we are now taking applications for the September 2014 intake. This national, multi-disciplinary, in-service course is sponsored by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Health Service Executive.  The course is aimed at experienced, professionally qualified personnel who carry regular responsibility in relation to management/training/service delivery in child protection and welfare services under the Child Care Act 1991, the Children Act 2001 and related legislation.  These 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.).  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. Students are normally funded by their employers but self-funding applicants will also be considered.

The course runs for nine separate weeks spread over the academic year and is examined by work related assignments. Full attendance at College is compulsory.

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2014

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6th March 2014


Critical Voices in Social Work Lecture Series
(Supported by the Visiting Professors and Fellows Benefaction Fund)

Wednesday, March 12th. 2014, 7pm
Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

“….but the clouds”: elusive metaphors for social work practice and the helping professions, Allan Irving

Further details about this Event can be viewed here

04th March 2014

Congratulations to Dr Alana Smith who has had her paper published in 'Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space'

Dr Alana Smith wrote about transnational concepts of home for Polish residents of Dublin. This has been published in the most recent production of 'Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic Space.' Alana happily contributed to such an innovative journal, her PhD was supervised by Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan. Further details about Alana's article can be read on link

03rd March 2014



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