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A new home for the Department

Posted on Tuesday 4 May 2021

We're excited to announce that SPSW will be moving to a new space on campus.

Virtual event to mark World Social Work Day 2021

Posted on Friday 23 April 2021

Solidarity and global connectedness shone through at an event hosted by the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership for professional social workers and students.

Launch of European Evidence Review on Women's Homelessness

Posted on Thursday 22 April 2021

Dr Joanne Bretherton, from the Centre for Housing Policy, has review on women's homelessness published.

Experience of Social Work students' placement with Eye Heroes

Posted on Wednesday 21 April 2021

MA Social Work student, Katie Robinson, writes about her experience of being on placement with Eye Heroes, a Community Interest Company that focuses on teaching children about avoidable eye loss.

Buying school uniform post-lockdown “unmanageable” for low income families

Posted on Monday 19 April 2021

School uniforms present an unmanageable cost for families on a low income with children returning to school after lockdown, a new study from the University of York says.

New research underway to support carers of people with mental health problems

Posted on Wednesday 24 March 2021

SPSW launch project to find ways to enhance the support provided to unpaid carers of people detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA).

QS World Rankings by subject 2021

Posted on Friday 5 March 2021

Social Policy and Administration maintains its place in the world top 25 and UK top 10.

New scheme provides early escape route for victims of domestic violence, study shows

Posted on Thursday 28 January 2021

Survivors of domestic violence are being given a better route out of abuse through an innovative early intervention scheme, a new study shows.

Housing report voted most influential of 2020

Posted on Friday 15 January 2021

A groundbreaking report on the Private Rented Sector written by Dr Julie Rugg from the Centre of Housing Policy in collaboration with Cambridge House receives national accolade.

Department for Education publishes research evaluations

Posted on Wednesday 13 January 2021

The Child Welfare Research Group has evaluations published for the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme funded by the Department for Education.

One million COVID-19 Universal Credit claimants have deductions from benefits, study shows

Posted on Tuesday 12 January 2021

Around one million people who claimed benefits during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic are having money regularly deducted from their payments, according to analysis by the University of York.

Extra living costs pile financial pressure on low-income families during lockdown

Posted on Tuesday 12 January 2021

The pandemic has placed significant financial pressures on poorer households – with the cost of extra food, energy, and remote learning having a greater impact on low-income families, a new study shows.

Veterans’ substance use has devastating impact on family members

Posted on Tuesday 24 November 2020

The families of veterans with substance use problems struggle with high levels of isolation and loneliness and experience extreme distress and despair, a new report has revealed.

ICMHSR awarded funding to evaluate social prescribing

Posted on Wednesday 18 November 2020

Professor Martin Webber secures funding from the NIHR to evaluate a new model of social prescribing.

Interview with Chief Inspector Al Westcott

Posted on Tuesday 10 November 2020

Professor Charlie Lloyd interviews Chief Inspector Al Westcott from the North Yorkshire Police.

York’s commitment to gender equality recognised with two more awards

Posted on Tuesday 27 October 2020

The departments of Computer Science and Social Policy and Social Work are the latest of the University’s departments to receive Athena SWAN awards.

Launch of the Handbook on Society and Social Policy

Posted on Tuesday 6 October 2020

New book out now co-edited by Professor Nick Ellison, with contributions from academics in the Department.

We’re 4th in the UK

Posted on Friday 18 September 2020

Social Work at York in the top ten in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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.