News in brief - February 2014

Posted on 3 March 2014

MA student raises money for Hospice Africa and debate on the purpose of social science

Student raises over £1k for Hospice Africa

Georgia Vickers, MA Social Work student in the Department, has raised a substantial sum to support Hospice Africa in Uganda. Georgia organised a horse racing night at a club house in Beverley, a raffle and auction. Praising the generosity of local businesses and local people, who provided prizes and money, and the hard work of her family, Georgia was delighted that the event raised £1189.

"I was initially inspired to raise money for the hospice after reading and hearing about the amazing work that they do, providing those who are suffering with a life limiting illness in Uganda with pain relief, comfort and dignity in their remaining weeks or months of their lives. I'm extremely excited to be able to say that I will be a part of this organisation for four weeks whilst on placement and I'm sure it will be an experience that I will stay fond of for an extremely long time."

Georgia Vickers

Georgia will pass on the donation in person as she will be undertaking her first placement in Hospice Africa as part of her qualifying MA Social Work programme. You can follow her experiences, along with other students in Uganda and Peru, on our Social Work Placement Blog.

What's the point of social science?

A full house in Alcuin's ARRC Auditorium were entertained and educated as Dr Ben Baumberg took on Professor Jonathan Bradshaw in a debate discussing the point of social science. As the final event celebrating the Social Policy Research Unit's Queen's Anniversary Prize, Dr Baumberg explored ideas of Truth and Ethics for social scientists in his lecture. Professor Bradshaw followed with an insight into his own motivations and interest in social science. The event is available to watch online:

Summary of activities

Dr Neil Lunt co-organised a White Rose Consortium Funded Research Collaboration event titled 'Does Britain Need an Emigration Policy?'. Academics and policy-makers met in London on 26 February 2014 to discuss whether emigration was leading to a knowledge and skills shortage in the UK.