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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.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Formal Launch of the Online Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies

On February 10, 2014 the Provost formally launched the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies. The event was hosted by the School and the Online Education Unit and was held in the Senior Common room. It was attended by many students on the programme as well as the University staff who were vital in establishing the programme. The Provost paid particular thanks on the evening to Dr Stephanie Holt, Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, Dr Julie Byrne, Professor Tim Savage, the Online Education unit team, the Graduate Studies staff and finally the staff of the School of Social Work and Social Policy who all played an instrumental role in establishing the programme. The Postgraduate Diploma is the first fully online programme in the University and has proved to be very popular with the initial intake far exceeding the original quota for the programme. Pictures from the event are on our facebook page and can be viewed here. If you are interested in learning more about the programme details can be found here

80th Anniversary Lecture Series: Lecture Three; Back to the future: Social work with children and families over the decades

Associate Professor Helen Buckley will be delivering the third lecture in our 80th Anniversary Public Lecture Series on Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 7pm in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, TCD. All welcome. For a full list of the lectures in this series please see here.

80th Anniversary Lecture Series: Lecture Two; Protecting Children Then and Now: Why social workers continue to do what they did before and how they might do things differently in the future

Professor Trevor Spratt delivered the third lecture in our 80th Anniversary Public Lecture Series on Wednesday 4th February 2015. For a full list of the lectures in this series please see here.


Last updated 27 February 2015 Social Work & Social Policy (Email).