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Welcome to the School of Social Work and Social Policy

A warm welcome to the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. The School is proud to offer a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a range of opportunities for postgraduate research students. The School inherits a strong legacy based on over 80 years work in the Department of Social Studies and its focus on social work and social policy. The School has a long and continuing tradition of widely recognised excellence in social work education and also has a growing record of involvement in teaching and research in social policy stretching back to the 1960s. In research and teaching, the School seeks to contribute to building knowledge about how to respond more effectively to the social issues of our day. The range of disciplines and strengths in the School creates rich opportunities for synergies and collaborative 'joined-up' thinking about complex multi-dimensional issues.

On this website you will find information on courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. The site also provides details of our current Faculty and Administration staff, with links to our research, publications, public lectures and events. We hope that you find the School website interesting and informative. If you have any further queries or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Latest News

The Irish Association of Social Workers hosted the 1st National Mental Health Social Work Conference on 16th April 2015

The Conference was opened by Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability.

Associate Professor Shane Butler has recently published a new paper titled 'Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Policy Window or Political Sop?' online

Associate Professor Shane Butler has recently had his paper ' Ireland's Public Health ( Alcohol ) Bill : Policy Window or Political Sop?' published online. The online paper is avaliable to read here and will be avaliable in hard copy form in June's issue of 'Contemporary Drug Problems', an international journal.

New research by Prof Virpi Timonen on grandparenting receives extensive media coverage

New research on the impact of intensive grandparenting by Prof Virpi Timonen, Dr Christine McGarrigle and Richard Layte received extensive media coverage on 14th of April, 2015. A few examples of the coverage including podcasts from Newstalk and Today FM and the Irish Independant front page are available here


Last updated 20 April 2015 Social Work & Social Policy (Email).