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2020 News

We’re 4th in the UK

Friday 18 September 2020

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


Obituary: Julie Williams

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

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.


The Covid realities project is featured on Woman's Hour

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Listen to the team discuss the project and its progress on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour


New UNICEF Report Card on child well-being in rich countries is launched

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


The Good Childhood Report 2020 launched today

Friday 28 August 2020

Today sees the launch of The Good Childhood Report 2020, which has been published by The Children's Society.


Webinar: Understanding the impact of the two-child limit

Monday 10 August 2020

Join this free webinar which will explore the evidence of the impact of the two-child limit policy on households in the UK.


PhD candidate Kelli Kennedy features work at virtual conference

Tuesday 4 August 2020

First-year PhD candidate Kelli Kennedy features work on food banks and COVID-19 at the Political Studies Association (PSA) Early Careers Network virtual conference, co-winning an award.


Media interest in study published by SPSW Think Ahead MA student

Monday 27 July 2020

A research study by a Think Ahead Master's student in SPSW, published in the BJSW, has led to a flurry of media and professional interest.


Role for social workers in tackling Cardiovascular disease in India

Friday 17 July 2020

Social factors, such as poverty and access to community networks, combined with depression and anxiety, have been found to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease in Kerala, India.


Think Ahead student on meeting the religious and cultural needs of BAME mental health inpatients

Thursday 16 July 2020

A research paper on ‘Experiences of inpatient staff meeting the religious and cultural needs of BAME patients detained under the Mental Health Act’ has been published by a recent SPSW student and her supervisor.


New research finds Universal Credit in Northern Ireland is not working for those it's designed to help

Wednesday 15 July 2020

A team, led by Dr Ruth Patrick of SPSW, have published research into experiences of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.


Covid Realities website launch

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.


SPSW staff virtual run for charity

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Two members of SPSW staff have completed a virtual run for charity this June.


SPSW students win student volunteering award

Friday 12 June 2020

Three SPSW students are recognised for their volunteering work by York Carers Centre.


Department of Social Policy and Social Work stays in the UK top ten

Tuesday 9 June 2020

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 6th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021.


Launch of The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research

Wednesday 27 May 2020

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work plays leading role in a new international social work handbook.


Higher education to redesign their teaching practices?

Friday 15 May 2020

A blog written by a team of SPSW academics discusses the need for higher education to redesign their teaching practices in the wake of COVID-19.


Dr Zoë Irving's book 'Exploring the World of Social Policy'

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Dr Zoë Irving's book, "Exploring the World of Social Policy: An International Approach" is out now.


New research projects announced focusing on the social implications of Covid-19

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.


SPSW welcomes Dr Shin of the OECD

Tuesday 24 March 2020

SPSW Taught Postgraduates welcomed Dr Eunkyung Shin from the OECD Social Policy Division in Paris.


Professor Becky Tunstall publishes 'The Rise and Fall of Social Housing'

Monday 9 March 2020

Professor Becky Tunstall's book, "The Fall and Rise of social housing: 100 years on 20 estates" is out now.


QS World Rankings by Subject 2020

Thursday 5 March 2020

Department of Social Policy and Social Work maintains its place in the world top 10 and UK top 5.


New report highlights challenges in providing effective NHS services to rough sleepers

Thursday 27 February 2020

New research by Nicholas Pleace and Joanne Bretherton, working in collaboration with the King's Fund, has highlighted the challenges in providing effective NHS services for people sleeping rough.


Research paper by ‘Think Ahead’ student is accepted by The British Journal of Social Work

Friday 7 February 2020

Mike Bonnet has had his first paper published by a peer reviewed journal.


Ruth Patrick embarks upon a study into the impacts of recent benefit reforms on larger families

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.


Nicholas Pleace publishes book on homelessness in Denmark, Finland and Ireland

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Nicholas has written the book alongside Mike Allen (Focus Ireland), Lars Benjaminsen (Danish Centre for Social Science Research) and Eoin O'Sullivan (Trinity College Dublin).


Exploring the possible impacts of housing tech

Monday 20 January 2020

Dr Alison Wallace summarises her CaCHE blog post.


Poverty2Solutions group named as a leading 2020 'Changemaker'

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Working closely with Dr Ruth Patrick, Lecturer in Social Policy & Social Work, the group has been named by The Big Issue as one of 100 Changemakers to watch in 2020.