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Research community

Departmental research activities

When you join the Department of Social Policy and Social Work you will become part of a vibrant research community. As well as belonging to the White Rose DTC with its networks and training events research students are actively encouraged to engage in a wide range of activities. These include:

MPhil/PhD seminars

In addition to this the Department organises four PhD seminars every term.   The purpose of these seminars is to give research students the opportunity to present work to an academic audience, to test ideas, methodologies and findings, and to come together as a research community. Research students are generally expected to present twice during their period of study.


Research students are usually housed in the Research Centre for the Social Sciences (RCSS), which is a hub for interdisciplinary research and postgraduate life in the Social Sciences at York. Typically students have access to desk space, computing and telephone facilities alongside recreational space.