Find out what's happening in SPRU with information about our latest news and events, new research projects and latest research findings.
Obituary: Julie Williams
Posted on Friday 11 September 2020
Julie Williams who played a critical role in the creation of the Social Policy Research Unit, died on 6 September 2020, aged 72.
Criminal landlords subject tenants to illegal eviction, violence and exploitation, new report says
Posted on Wednesday 2 September 2020
Criminal landlords are subjecting tenants to financial exploitation, illegal eviction and violence, a major new report on the UK’s private rented sector reveals.
New UNICEF Report Card on child well-being in rich countries is launched
Posted on Tuesday 1 September 2020
The latest UNICEF Report Card on child well-being in rich countries is published by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre on 3 September
Covid Realities website launch
Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2020
Today sees the official launch of the website for a national research project examining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on low income families.
New research projects announced focusing on the social implications of Covid-19
Posted on Thursday 23 April 2020
Academics at the University of York are to examine the legal and societal impact of Covid-19 in two separate studies announced today.
Ruth Patrick embarks upon a study into the impacts of recent benefit reforms on larger families
Posted on Thursday 6 February 2020
Focusing on the two-child limit and benefits cap, the research is funded by Nuffield Foundation and is a collaboration with Oxford University (Dr Aaron Reeves), LSE (Dr Kitty Stewart) and the Child Poverty Action Group.
Peer Researchers attend homelessness conference in Ireland
Posted on Wednesday 27 November 2019
The Peer Research and Understanding Homelessness: Exploring Practice, Learning and Innovation conference, was held in Dublin on 20 November 2019 by Focus Ireland. Guests and speakers included services and charities working within the homeless sector across Europe, some of whom were already using a peer research methodology.
Veterans’ substance abuse has devastating impact on loved ones
Posted on Thursday 14 November 2019
Professor Charlie Lloyd is calling on the families of veterans with substance abuse problems to take part in a major survey looking at their experiences.
Homelessness can be reduced using innovative ‘Housing First’ model
Posted on Friday 11 October 2019
A housing model has proved effective in reducing homelessness across Europe but it needs more political support to increase its impact, says a new study led by the University of York.
We're 6th in the UK
Posted on Monday 23 September 2019
Social Policy and Social Work at York is in the top ten for Social Work in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
National House Project nominated for Children and Young People Now Award
Posted on Wednesday 18 September 2019
An innovative project evaluated by SPSW researchers has been nominated for the Leaving Care Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards 2019.
Self-funders' experiences of social care
Posted on Wednesday 14 August 2019
New research project looking at self-funders' experiences of social care, led by Dr Kate Baxter.
Social Policy Research Unit granted International Society for Child Indicators Impact Award
Posted on Tuesday 13 August 2019
The Social Policy Research Unit and The Children's Society have been awarded the 2019 International Society for Child Indicators Impact Award.
Researching rough sleepers
Posted on Wednesday 24 July 2019
A new project will be looking at improving access to healthcare for people living rough.
International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health
Posted on Monday 22 July 2019
The International Centre for Mental Health Social Research hosts conference providing insights into leading social work practice and research.
The Children's Worlds project June conference at the University of Nantes
Posted on Tuesday 25 June 2019
Results were presented from the first 22 countries participating in the 'Third wave' phase of the project.
Majority of children in care have experienced significant abuse and neglect
Posted on Thursday 20 June 2019
A joint study by researchers at the Universities of York and Stirling has found that 90% of children in Scotland who go into care when aged five or under have experienced significant abuse and neglect before they enter the care system.
Study reveals everyday technology helps fight loneliness
Posted on Friday 14 June 2019
A new report suggests that people feel less lonely when they have access to everyday technology such as a radio, television or tablet.
Introduction to University Day
Posted on Friday 7 June 2019
Jade Ward from the Social Policy Research Unit was invited as a guest speaker to the 'Introduction to University' day for care leavers and professionals, held at the University of Hull on 29th. May 2019.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work moves into the UK top ten.
Posted on Wednesday 1 May 2019
This week the Department confirmed its place among the UK's most highly regarded departments for the subject of Social Work. The Department is ranked 9th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020.
Developing a Patient-Reported Experience Measure for use in children's palliative care settings
This project will develop a Patient-Reported Experience Measure (PREM) for use in children's palliative care settings.
Exploring experiences of loneliness and improving social care support
This study is testing a service improvement approach from healthcare in which people using and providing a service co-design changes.
The preferences of older self-funders navigating community social care (the PRESENCE study)
Investigating the preferences and decisions of older self-funders of community social care as they navigate the system.
Latest research findings from SPRU
Read the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) internal report here: Assistance Dogs Review - internal report (PDF , 802kb)
Download a PDF of the final report - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementia - report (PDF , 4,574kb)
Download a PDF of the plain English summary - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementia - summary (PDF , 114kb)
Download a PDF of the scientific summary - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers of people with dementia (PDF , 139kb)
Download a PDF of the summary of findings - Specialist nursing support for unpaid carers for people with dementia (PDF , 886kb)