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Social Sciences postgraduate Virtual Open Day. 22 November, 3 - 5pm. Register now.

Discover more about postgraduate study at our virtual open day, 22 November.


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We welcome Commonwealth scholars

Posted on Wednesday 1 November 2017

16 postgraduate students, supported by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, have joined our online programmes.

Is Universal Credit undermining the principles of the welfare state?

Posted on Monday 30 October 2017

A paper by Peter Dwyer and Sharon Wright has been cited during a parliamentary debate on Universal Credit.

£800m in corporate welfare

Posted on Monday 30 October 2017

A new report from Kevin Farnsworth, Nicki Lisa Cole and Mickey Conn reveals the cost of Nissan UK's sweetheart deals.


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SPSW experts in national debate:



Direct Payments and Personal Assistants: Experiences, Issues and the Way Forward

Do you use Direct Payments? Do you employ a PA? Or do you work with people who do?


Human trafficking: understanding the health needs of formerly trafficked people

Join us to hear about health needs related to formerly trafficked adults and young people (aged 14 to 21) and key barriers to accessing health services.


Do children's services reflect, reinforce or reduce social inequalities?

This session will report a major UK-wide study of inequalities in children's chances of being on child protection plans or being a looked after child.


Welcome to SPSW

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The Department of Social Policy and Social Work at York is one of the leading UK centres for teaching and research in social policy, social work and professional development for public managers.

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Ranked 5th in the UK - Social Policy. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018


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