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  • Project Co-ordinator Role in the School of Applied Social Studies

    12 Apr 2021
    Project Co-ordinator Role in the School of Applied Social Studies

    School of Applied Social Studies

    Project Co-ordinator
    Specific Purpose Part-time Post (0.8 FTE) (anticipated duration of 1 year)

     
    UCC invites applications for the role of Project Coordinator.  The role will involve widespread interactions with the six social work education providers, the IASW and statutory and non-statutory agencies throughout Ireland.  The appointee will also be responsible for the sustainable development of the project which will link academics, health and social work professionals, allied professionals and policy makers. The successful applicant will identify opportunities for expanding social work placement activities and will work collaboratively with personnel across social work education providers, Government department and organisations to build a sustainable strategic plan to encourage organisations to expand student placements.

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  • Webinar on Posthuman Ethics with Rosi Braidotti

    03 Mar 2021
    Webinar on Posthuman Ethics with Rosi Braidotti

    At 3.00pm on Thursday 11 March 2021, the School of Applied Social Studies (together with Women’s Studies and CASiLaC) will co-host a webinar on Posthuman Ethics with the renowned feminist theorist, Professor Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University.

    A leading theorist of the posthuman condition, Rosi’s scholarship is in continental and feminist philosophy, at the intersection with social and political theory, cultural politics, gender, and postcolonial studies.

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  • Webinar on Sustainability and the Environment: 10 March 2021

    01 Mar 2021
    Webinar on Sustainability and the Environment: 10 March 2021

    Sustainability and the Environment: Developing New Disciplinary Norms in the Social Professions

    Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 12-2pm

    Climate change and its social, cultural and economic impacts poses one of the most critical challenges of the 21st Century.  Climate change impacts are significant for populations all over the globe and lead to major challenges for front-line professionals, including those working in human services. 

    Goal 13 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals refers to the need to educate populations in the causes and effects of climate change and in how human and natural ecologies are fundamentally entwined. This knowledge and awareness is essential for front-line professionals in the human services, including Social Workers, Youth Workers, Community Development Workers and healthcare workers such as Nurses and midwives. All of these professions work with individuals, families and communities in a diverse range of settings. Qualifying degree programmes in these professional areas must prepare graduates to work, lead and educate on climate change and the multiple challenges that stem from it.

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  • Webinar on Environmental Education and Practice

    06 Nov 2020
    Webinar on Environmental Education and Practice

    Over 100 people participated in a webinar on Environmental Education in the Social Professions on Friday 6th November, 2020.  The organisers are staff members from the School of Applied Social Studies Catherine Forde, Fiachra O Suilleabhain and Mary Hurley and Angela Flynn from the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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  • School of Applied Social Studies part of the Government's Postgraduate Skills Provision Stimulus Package

    04 Nov 2020
    School of Applied Social Studies part of the Government's Postgraduate Skills Provision Stimulus Package

    The Higher Diploma in Social Policy and the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work are being offered as part of UCC’s free or heavily-subsidised postgraduate and higher diploma places to those seeking to upskill or reskill under the Government's new Postgraduate Skills Provision initiative. 

    Fees are subsidised by 90-100%.

     

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  • Critical Perspectives Online Conference: 10 November 2020

    29 Oct 2020
    Critical Perspectives Online Conference: 10 November 2020

    Please see programme schedule and registration details of the Annual Critical Perspectives conference (online this year) on 10 November 2020:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remaining-critical-about-mental-health-matters-in-pandemic-crises-tickets-119966365629

     

    Title of the Conference:

    Remaining Critical about Mental Health Matters in Pandemic Crises - 12th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference.

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  • ESWRA Outstanding Publication Award 2020

    27 Feb 2020
    ESWRA Outstanding Publication Award 2020

    Dr Kenneth Burns, Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan and Professor Alastair Christie of the School of Applied Social Studies have received the European Social Work Research Association's 'outstanding publication award'. The award was received for a research article published in the British Journal of Social Work. This highly prestigious award is presented once a year by ESWRA for a research paper of outstanding quality. The unanimous decision by the selection committee recognised the uniqueness of the study design, impact and the quality of the research undertaken. You can read more about the paper on the journal's webpage: https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcz083/5523053?redirectedFrom=fulltext

     

    Full reference:

    Kenneth Burns, Alastair Christie and Siobhan O'Sullivan (2019) 'Findings From a Longitudinal Qualitative Study Of Child Protection Social Workers' Retention: Job Embeddedness, Professional Confidence and Staying Narratives'. British Journal of Social Work, advance internet edition.

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  • Professor Fred Powell delivers keynote speech at National Volunteering Network Conference

    11 Feb 2020
    Professor Fred Powell delivers keynote speech at National Volunteering Network Conference

    Professor Fred Powell delivered the keynote speech at the National Volunteering Network Conference, which took place in Athlone from 11-12 February 2020.  The theme of the conference was Sharing Knowledge: Strengthening the Future of Volunteering in Ireland.

    Professor Powell's speech was entitled Volunteering and Active Citizenship: Past, Present and Future.

     

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  • Launch of School of Applied Social Studies/ ACE UCC Certificate in Social Farming Practice

    06 Nov 2019
    Launch of School of Applied Social Studies/ ACE UCC Certificate in Social Farming Practice

    The official launch of the School of Applied Social Studies / ACE UCC Certificate in Social Farming Practice took place in Caherciveen, Co. Kerry on Friday 1st November 2019.

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  • Inside Out, Outside In: new book on transforming mental health practices edited by Harry Gijbels, Lydia Sapouna & Gary Sidley

    31 Oct 2019
    Inside Out, Outside In: new book on transforming mental health practices edited by Harry Gijbels, Lydia Sapouna & Gary Sidley

    Human distress has almost exclusively been understood and responded to as either a biological disorder or a psychological deficit. This has led to the development of powerful structures, 'mental health systems', that have dominated thinking and practice around mental health and been controlled by the psychiatric profession. Despite widespread recognition that such systems are often ineffective and can even be harmful, the bio-medical ethos, with its focus on 'mental illness' and primary use of drug treatments, continues to prevail in mental health practices.

    This book showcases user-centred, context-informed, non-medical ways of helping people experiencing distress. The first section of the book includes projects located inside mainstream services that seek to influence change from within; including the education of future generations of practitioners. The second section describes projects that have been established outside mainstream structures and services, giving themselves the freedom to be truly radical in their approaches and to influence by example. In a final section, the book looks at work aiming to challenge the wider societal influences that maintain the status quo and perpetuate factors that lead to mental distress.

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  • Congratulations to our Graduates of 2019

    24 Oct 2019
    Congratulations to our Graduates of 2019

    The School of Applied Social Studies would like to congratulate all our students who graduated this week. 

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  • School of Applied Social Studies and School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC, in association with Critical Voices Network: ‘Challenging Mental Health Systems - Critical Perspectives from Inside Out and Outside In'

    22 Oct 2019
    School of Applied Social Studies and School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC, in association with Critical Voices Network: ‘Challenging Mental Health Systems - Critical Perspectives from Inside Out and Outside In'

    13 AND 14 NOVEMBER 2019

    BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND

    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

    Booking: Email Harry Gijbels at h.gijbels@ucc.ie and make sure you give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 13 November, Thursday 14 November, 2019 or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.

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  • "The Politics of Social Work" published in Chinese

    04 Sep 2019

    Congratulations to our colleague, Professor Fred Powell, whose book The Politics of Social Work has just been published in Chinese.

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  • "Little books that tackle big topics" - Síreacht book series featured in The Irish Times

    25 Apr 2019

    The Síreacht book series features in The Irish Times today.  Published by Cork University Press, the books in the series are short, topical and provocative texts that confront controversial issues in contemporary society but do so with a distinctively Irish focus.

    Edited by Dr Orla O'Donovan, Dr Fiona Dukelow and Dr Rosie R Meade from the School of Applied Social Studies, and Dr Heather Laird from the School of English, UCC, there are four titles already in bookshops and others on the way.

    The editors were keen to ensure that the books are attractive to a wide readership. Therefore, authors address important and controversial topics but write accessibly, and they "take sides" in a way that invites the curiosity of the reader.

     

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  • Locum Probation Officer Panel 2019

    02 Apr 2019
    Locum Probation Officer Panel 2019

    The Department of Justice & Equality is holding a competition for the purpose of creating a Locum Probation Officer panel to fill short term priority vacancies in Cork (full-time).

    Closing date: 17 April 2019.

    See http://www.probation.ie/EN/PB//WebPages/WP19000005 for further details.

    Contact Name for this competition: Ms Jennifer O'Riordan, Probation Service, St Nicholas Church, Cove St., Cork.  Email psrecruit@probation.ie /Tel. 021-4836700.

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  • Theatres of the Dead: Performance, Anatomy and Archaeology

    11 Mar 2019
    Theatres of the Dead: Performance, Anatomy and Archaeology

    19 March 2019, 11am - 5.30pm, CACSSS Seminar Room ORB G27 & Film and Screen Media Centre in Kane Building B10 (Basement)

    Speakers:

    • Joanna Sofaer, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton
    • Margaret Werry, Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota
    • Anna Furse, Department of Theatre and Performance, Goldsmiths University of London
    • Oonagh Kearney, Independent Film-maker

    This transdisciplinary workshop, which will include a screening of Oonagh Kearney's award winning film Five Letters to the Stanger who will Dissect my Brain, is the fourth in the series of workshops in the project Living Well with the Dead in Contemporary Ireland (see https://livingwithdead.wixsite.com/website). This project aims to find new ways of thinking about, researching and responding to contemporary public disquiet in Ireland about uncared-for dead bodies.

     

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  • Seminar on Refugee Related Research with Professor Alice Bloch, University of Manchester

    31 Jan 2019
    Seminar on Refugee Related Research with Professor Alice Bloch, University of Manchester

    School of Applied Social Studies and Doctor of Social Science Seminar

    New Directions and Reflections for Refugee Related Research

    Professor Alice Bloch (University of Manchester)

    7th February 2019

    2.00-3.00pm, CACSSS Seminar Room, G27 O'Rahilly Building

     

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  • CPD Event on Social Media and Young People

    17 Dec 2018
    CPD Event on Social Media and Young People

    A successful CPD event on Social Media and Young People was held on the 29th November 2018 in the Digital Humanities Space in UCC.  The event, which was organised by Micheál O'hAodáin, Catherine Forde and Dave O'Donovan from the School of Applied Social Studies, covered young people's use of social media and digital citizenship, the role of social media in influencing and generating social change, and policy and practice on young people's social media usage.

    Speakers were Dr Debbie Ging, Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Dublin City University (DCU); Kathy O'Hare, radio documentary maker, researcher and youth worker and PhD candidate in Digital Humanities in UCC; and Fergal Harrington, specialist classroom teacher in digital technology and PhD candidate in the School of Education in UCC.  20 people attended the event; these included youth workers and other professionals working with young people.

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  • Making a Difference: A Research Report on Student Volunteering in UCC

    05 Dec 2018
    Making a Difference: A Research Report on Student Volunteering in UCC

    Professor Fred Powell and Dr Margaret Scanlon from the School of Applied Social Studies were part of a research team whose report was launched in UCC last week.

    The report Making a Difference: A Research Report on Student Volunteering in UCC shows that 46% of UCC students volunteered with local community organisations, clubs and campus groups in the last six months.

    Over 2,000 students were surveyed from March to June 2018.  Only 9% of respondents said that they had never volunteered, with a huge 85% saying they aimed to volunteer after college.

    The research also shows that 32% of UCC's student volunteers contribute over 10 hours a month to volunteering.

     

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  • A Social and Economic Analysis of Legal Services (SEALS) used by Tusla: IRC-funded project at UCC

    30 Nov 2018
    A Social and Economic Analysis of Legal Services (SEALS) used by Tusla: IRC-funded project at UCC

    Applied Social Studies staff were involved in an Irish Research Council-funded project A Social and Economic Analysis of Legal Services (SEALS) used by Tusla.  Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, this project explored Tusla's engagement with legal services, particularly in the contexts of child protection and welfare, and educational welfare services. The project examined a range of issues relating to why and in what contexts Tusla staff use legal services. The project undertook a review of policy and practice in comparator countries, with a view to identifying best practice. An econometric analysis was undertaken using data obtained from Tusla relating to its legal expenditure. A national survey of child protection and welfare social workers and educational welfare professionals was carried out.  This was followed by group and individual interviews with social workers and solicitors. The project set out, not only to produce an evidence-base to support policy making and practice, but also to inform the development of social work education, particularly in relation to legal matters.

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  • Martyn Hammersley on Ethnography and Research Integrity

    20 Nov 2018
    Martyn Hammersley on Ethnography and Research Integrity

    During a recent visit to UCC, Martyn Hammersley, Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University, presented two seminars entitled Ethnography  and What is Research Integrity?  The seminars were jointly organised by the School of Applied Social Studies and the School of Education. 

    These lectures are now availabe to view online: 

     

     

     

     

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  • "Spaces for Change? The Practice and Policy of Community Participation in Local Governance in Ireland" - Seminar in UCC

    13 Nov 2018

    Date: Thursday, 29th November 2018

    Time: 10.15am - 2.00pm

    Venue: CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork.

    Speakers:

    • Dr Mary Murphy, Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth;
    • Dr Aodh Quinlivan, Department of Government, University College Cork;
    • Aiden Lloyd, Chair of the Rights Platform and member of South Dublin PPN Secretariat and LCDC;
    • Dr Catherine Forde, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork.

     

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