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.Read more
06 Nov 2020
School of Applied Social Studies part of the Government's Postgraduate Skills Provision Stimulus Package04 Nov 2020
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%.
29 Oct 2020
Please see programme schedule and registration details of the Annual Critical Perspectives conference (online this year) on 10 November 2020:
Title of the Conference:
Remaining Critical about Mental Health Matters in Pandemic Crises - 12th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference.Read more
27 Feb 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
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.Read more
11 Feb 2020
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.
06 Nov 2019
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.Read more
Inside Out, Outside In: new book on transforming mental health practices edited by Harry Gijbels, Lydia Sapouna & Gary Sidley31 Oct 2019
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.Read more
24 Oct 2019
The School of Applied Social Studies would like to congratulate all our students who graduated this week.Read more
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
13 AND 14 NOVEMBER 2019
BROOKFIELD HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Booking: Email Harry Gijbels at email@example.com 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.Read more
04 Sep 2019
Congratulations to our colleague, Professor Fred Powell, whose book The Politics of Social Work has just been published in Chinese.Read more
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.
02 Apr 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 firstname.lastname@example.org /Tel. 021-4836700.Read more
11 Mar 2019
19 March 2019, 11am - 5.30pm, CACSSS Seminar Room ORB G27 & Film and Screen Media Centre in Kane Building B10 (Basement)
- 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.
31 Jan 2019
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
17 Dec 2018
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.Read more
05 Dec 2018
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.
30 Nov 2018
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.Read more
20 Nov 2018
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:
"Spaces for Change? The Practice and Policy of Community Participation in Local Governance in Ireland" - Seminar in UCC13 Nov 2018
Date: Thursday, 29th November 2018
Time: 10.15am - 2.00pm
Venue: CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork.
- 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.