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2010/11 News and Events


Dr Veronique Altglas is organising a lunchtime sociological debate to discuss the current proposed changes to Higher Education provision, and the economic crisis in general. The seminar will take place 1-2pm on Tuesday 14 December, in room G26 - 6 College Park. Please click here for poster.

2-3 September 2010: Confrontations - Racism, Antisemitism and Sectarianism conference to be held in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. Conference programme. Abstracts.




Queen’s University Belfast
and The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (Northern Ireland) invite you to a one day Conference On Friday 3 June 2011 To be held in Queen’s University Belfast. For more details please click here.
 

Age Action with the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, University of Ulster, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, NI and Queen’s University Belfast, is pleased to invite you to the launch of the research report ‘A total indifference to our dignity’; Older people’s understandings of elder abuse at 2.30 pm on the 13th of June 2011 in Wynn's Hotel, Dublin 1.

This critical report was funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) and is the first research carried out on the island of Ireland to examine older peoples’ understandings of elder abuse. It will be of particular interest to older people, community groups working with older people, researchers and policy makers.

The event will include a presentation of the findings and a copy of the report will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Can you please confirm your attendance to socialinclusion@ageaction.ie or phone 00 353 (0) 1 4756989 by the 8th of June. For more details, please click here.

29/05/2010: Social Work course at Queen's tops Times Good University Guide
The latest Times Good University Guide ranks Social Work at Queen's as No.1 out of 74 universities offering Social Work in the UK. The top ten in rank order are Queen's, Bath, York, Sussex, Sheffield, Lancaster, Kent, Edinburgh, Leeds and Keele.

 

Head of School, Professor Mike Tomlinson, praised staff for their commitment to students and Social Work training. He said, "The Times ranking includes scores for student satisfaction, entry standards and research quality. We have an exceptional staff team at Queen's who combine high quality research with the very best of social work education. Getting this balance right is no mean achievement and to lead the UK in this way is outstanding."  

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28/05/2010: Professor Mary Daly elected as member of Royal Irish Academy
The School's Professor Mary Daly has been elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Her impressive work on Ireland and also her comparative international scholarship and reputation were listed in the citation. She is one of 20 new members admitted to the Academy this year, and one of five from Queen’s University.   

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18/10/2010: Dr Azrini Wahidin appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya
Dr Azrini Wahidin has been appointed Visiting Professor at the University of  Malaya in the  Faculty of Law. She will be giving a series  of key note lectures on her research area of women in prison and the role of abolition.  She will also be working closely with leading feminist academics such as Dr Zakina  abdul  Halim (University of Malaya) and Dr Rashidah Shuib (Director of the Women’s Department (Kanita) Universiti Sains Malaysia) in organising a series  of conferences related to women who come into conflict with the law. During her visit she will be meeting with the British High Commissioner to Malaysia on behalf of Queen’s.

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02/09/2010: ‘Confrontations – Racism, Antisemitism and Sectarianism’ conference, organised by Dr Véronique Altglas and Dr Matthew Wood

On 2-3 September 2010, the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work will host the mid-term conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism. Over thirty scholars from across Europe will be presenting papers on historical and contemporary issues as diverse as the distinctive nature of Islamophobia, new experiences of antisemitism, and debates surrounding social integration. There will be a particular focus upon the situation in Northern Ireland today, and the conference welcomes the participation of Bob Collins, the Chief Commissioner of The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, and other activists working on peace-building and community cohesion.

For further details, please contact the local organisers, Dr Véronique Altglas (v.altglas@qub.ac.uk) and Dr Matthew Wood (m.wood@qub.ac.uk).

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03/09/2010: School Open Day Talks:

Subject Area talks will take place on Thursday 9th September and Friday 10th September, details of times and venues are set out below.

Criminology
10.30am, G26, 6 College Park

Sociology
11.15am, G26, 6 College Park

Social Policy
12 noon, G26, 6 College Park

Social Work
10am, G007, Peter Froggatt Centre
12 noon, G007, Peter Froggatt Centre

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24/09/2010: Sally Shortall invited to make recommendations to the European Parliament on the Common Agricultural Policy post 2013

The European Parliament has invited a number of European scholars to prepare briefing papers which will be used to revise the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2013 when the current programme ends. The CAP continues to be the single biggest component of the EU budget and accounts for 46% of the overall spend. Sally was asked to consider the position of women on farms across EU 27. Specifically, she was asked to cover the following in her brief:

1- Highlight the differences that cross Europe’s rural areas in terms of the role of women in farming.
2- Suggest possible innovations to be introduced in the European legal and political framework to strengthen the guarantees awarded to female spouses of farm owners and to young farming women who are incorporated as owners of a farm.
3- Consider possible measures that could be introduced in the CAP post 2013 to improve the quality of work and level of responsibilities of women involved in agriculture.

Sally will present her report to the Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development of the European Parliament on September 28, 2010. The Committee is responsible for the Common Agricultural Policy.

Sally’s recommendations include some advice on how to ensure the CAP does not adversely impact on New Member States (NMS). In the NMS the structure of agriculture is very different to that of the Old Member States, with very small holdings being very prevalent and important for the fabric of society. These small holdings are economically and socially very important because of their subsistence nature and some contribution to the cash economy. Unusually throughout Europe, a significant number of women are holders of these small holdings, sometimes being the majority group. If CAP payments are targeted at larger, viable farms, then it may inadvertently discriminate against these small holdings, and women small holders in New Member States. There is some evidence, although not systematic, that suggests more women may be entering agriculture as the holder across EU 27. We do not know the reasons or implications of this, or whether it is a positive trend, and further research is required.

Further information can be found on the European Parliament’s website, where the report and power point will be published: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/homeCom.do?body=AGRI&language=EN

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28/09/2010: Dr John Devaney has been asked to provide evidence to the NI Assembly
Dr John Devaney, Lecturer in Social Work within the School has been asked to provide evidence to the NI Assembly Health Committee on 23rd September 2010 in respect of the Safeguarding Board Bill. Dr Devaney has extensive practice and research experience on the topic of child abuse and neglect, and has also been invited to deliver a paper at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect World Congress next week on his research on domestic violence and child protection. Commenting on the Bill before the Assembly Dr Devaney stated that the proposed legislation 'provides a unique opportunity to enhance and strengthen the arrangements for protecting children from abuse and neglect in Northern Ireland'.

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08/10/2010: Dr Azrini Wahidin invited to be a plenary speaker at the Annual Association for Criminal Justice, Research and Development
Dr Azrini Wahidin  has been invited to be  a  plenary speaker at  the 13th Annual  Association for Criminal Justice,  Research and Development  (ACJRD) entitled: Women  in the Criminal  Justice System. Her paper will draw on extensive  research from her work in American Correctional faciities and prisons in the England and  wales. The one day conference is taking place on Friday 15th October  in the Camden  Court Hotel, Dublin. For  further details, please contact, Danielle Hannan at : enquiries@acjrd.ie or go to Irish Criminology Research Network to download the conference programme.

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02/11/2010: Katy Radford has been asked to act as Special Advisor to the Commission for Victims and Survivors Northern Ireland
Katy Radford has been asked  to  act as Special Advisor to the Research and Policy Department of the Commission for Victims and Survivors Northern Ireland.
The role is to help support the Commission as it researches and implements a Comprehensive Needs Assessment on behalf of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.  This CNA  will provide an evidence base to inform Government as it develops the new Service to Victim's and Survivors to be established in 2012 and which will replace the existing work of all other funding bodies in the Victim and Survivor sector.
The Commission has been tasked with the delivery of the CNA to: 
•Advise the new Service of the level of services  required to meet the needs of victims and survivors;  
•Provide ongoing information in relation to the changing needs of victims and survivors;
•Recommend an effective monitoring and evaluation framework that provides ongoing and meaningful data;
•Promoting Integration into mainstream services.
This appointment will provide the opportunity to directly profile work from  within the School into a policy context  on issues relating to Victims and Survivors of the Conflict.  The material to be incorporated will include work in the fields of: Health and Wellbeing, the Trans and inter-generational impact of the Conflict, Advocacy and Welfare work,and to that end, those wishing to bring their work to the attention of the Commission, are asked to forward references onto Katy.

Research fellow Katy Radford has been asked to act as Special Advisor to the Research and Policy Department of the Commission for Victims and Survivors Northern Ireland.

The role is to help support the Commission as it researches and implements a Comprehensive Needs Assessment on behalf of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. This CNA will provide an evidence base to inform Government as it develops the new Service to Victim's and Survivors to be established in 2012 and which will replace the existing work of all other funding bodies in the Victim and Survivor sector.

The Commission has been tasked with the delivery of the CNA to:

  • Advise the new Service of the level of services required to meet the needs of victims and survivors;
  • Provide ongoing information in relation to the changing needs of victims and survivors;
  • Recommend an effective monitoring and evaluation framework that provides ongoing and meaningful data;
  • Promoting Integration into mainstream services.

 

This appointment will provide the opportunity to directly profile work from within the School into a policy context on issues relating to Victims and Survivors of the Conflict. The material to be incorporated will include work in the fields of: Health and Wellbeing, the Trans and inter-generational impact of the Conflict, Advocacy and Welfare work,and to that end, those wishing to bring their work to the attention of the Commission, are asked to forward references onto Katy.

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07/11/2010: Dr Margrit Shildrick and Dr Azrini Wahidin co-orgnisers of the ESRC seminar series entitled: Re-theorising Women’s Helath
Dr Margrit Shildrick and Dr Azrini Wahidin co-orgnisers of the ESRC seminar series entitled: Re-theorising Women’s Helath is holding the last of the seminar series at Liverpool University in the School of Sociology and Social Policy on the 15th and 16th November 2010. Confirmed speakers for the two day conference are as follows: Professor Betsy Ettore; Professor Nancy Campbell; Professor Deborah Steinberg; Dr Kay Inckle; Dr Nancy Halifax;Dr Lisa Blackman;Vincent Vecchietti and Dr Sam Murray. For further details regardingthe conference: Estranged Bodies, contact: A.WAHIDIN@QUB.AC.UK

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01/12/2010: Barnardo’s making use of School research on “hidden harm”

On the 1st December Barnardo’s NI will launch their latest Policy and Practice Briefing on the issue of “hidden harm”. The term hidden harm is commonly used to describe parental/carer substance misuse and its effects on children and other family members. The briefing provides detailed recommendations for the continued development of policy and strategy in this complex field. These recommendations draw on innovative research undertaken within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. This research, published in the journal Child Abuse Review, estimated the extent and nature of parental substance misuse occurring within the homes of NI teenagers.

To view a briefing paper in PDF format, please click here.

Abstract to a journal article can be found here.

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20/01/2011: Funding for Postgraduate Research - September 2011 Entry

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work continues to offer a range of studentships to support postgraduate study.

Please click here for general information about postgraduate study at Queen's.

Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) PhD Research Studentships

Details of PhD studentships, covering tuition fees and maintenance (living costs) for home and EU students (subject to Department for Employment and Learning UK residency rules), can be found here

The awards will be made to applicants proposing doctoral research on subjects that fit with the School's expertise in a) Contemporary Social Issues and Policy, b) Family Policy and Child Welfare, c) Identities, Lifestyle and Culture, and d) Social Divisions and Conflict.

PhD research studentships 2011 entry funded by DEL

The School has a number of PhD studentships to allocate for the 2011-12 entry and welcomes applications for postgraduate research in any topics relating to School-led research themes and staff interests. In particular we encourage research proposals in:

  • Difficulties facing young people leaving care examined through an ethnographic perspective
  • Suicide and young men in Northern Ireland examined through a qualitative study of the views of young men and service providers
  • Understanding of the forces that shape alcohol use and abuse trajectories in adolescence
  • Gender mainstreaming examined through a pan-European perspective

Preference will be given to applicants with accredited postgraduate research training. For a full award (fees and stipend), applicants must have three years UK residency.

Please explore our website for further details of staff interests and research projects.

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Thursday 17th March 2011. Application is via the University’s online application system available from this link. All applications will be appraised according to the University's selection criteria for admission to postgraduate research.

 

Strategic Priority Studentship 2011 Entry funded by DEL

The School has been awarded a University Strategic Priority Studentship under the aegis of the "Improving Children's Lives" Initiative.

This study draws on expertise from nursing, education, child care research and sociology and social policy to further our understanding of sexual health of young people in Northern Ireland. The study is directly related to government strategies and policies, such as the teenage pregnancy strategy and the Bamford Review. Young people who are marginalised and disadvantaged are most likely to suffer from poor sexual and mental health, and the proposed study will inform policy making in these areas in particular in the absence of recent Northern-Ireland wide data. It will adopt a mixed-methods approach comprising of a module in large-scale randomised attitude survey of young people as well as in-depth and interactive qualitative methods. The study will focus on issues such as sexuality and relationship education, sexual intercourse and contraceptive use and sexual identity formation.

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Thursday 17th March 2011. Application is via the University’s online application system available from this link.

 

NSPCC Studentships

The School has been advised by NSPCC that due to recent budget cuts, the studentships which were advertised here on the School's website have had to be withdrawn.

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27/01/2011: Dr Katy Hayward invited to speak at Parliamentary Group/NGO event in Westminster

Katy Hayward, lecturer in Sociology, spoke at the launch of Paix sans frontières, a themed issue of the journal Accord (International Review of Peace Initiatives), in the Houses of Parliament on 19 January 2011.

The event was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues and organised by Conciliation Resources, an independent charity working internationally to prevent and resolve violent conflict via practical and policy work.

The purpose of this event was to present findings for international policy that would address the ‘peacebuilding gap’ across borders and in borderlands, where statehood and diplomacy often struggle to reach.  Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders features 20 case studies of cross-border peacebuilding from around the world. Dr Hayward is the author of an article on the EU and cross-border co-operation in Ireland in this issue and spoke on this topic at the event (see the School blog for a summary of her presentation).

This 22nd issue of Accord was co-edited by Alexander Ramsbotham and Professor I William Zartman (John Hopkins University). Other contributors at the event in Westminster included Archbishop John Baptist Odama (Gulu, Uganda) and Ayesha Saeed (National University for Sciences and Technology, Islamabad). As with all Accord publications, this special issue is available free on the Conciliation Resources website: www.c-r.org.

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11/02/2011: Draft Budget Scrutinised

Draft Budget scrutinised. Grace Kelly and Mike Tomlinson have submitted a response to the consultation on Northern Ireland’s Draft Budget. They show how the cuts to current and capital budgets are worse in real terms than many assume.

Those on lowest incomes are least protected from the budget cuts. An estimated £600 million is being taken from welfare benefits. Overall some 38,000 jobs will be lost from the public and private sectors. In the case of the public sector there will be a disproportionate impact on women which leaves the Executive open to legal challenge.

The submission is particularly critical of the proposal to lower the rate of Corporation Tax to 12.5 per cent – the rate that applies in the Irish Republic. This would cost £280 million each year in the short-term with no certainty of job creation either from external or internal companies.

The submission may be downloaded from here.

 

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15/02/2011: John Devaney addresses MLAs

"Today in the Long Gallery at the Northern Ireland Assembly John Devaney, Lecturer in Social Work, addressed MLAs in launching his evaluation of the Barnardo's Safe Choices NI service. The service was established by Barnardo's in 2008 with funding from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to work with young people who go missing from public care, and where there are concerns about their sexual exploitation by others.

The evaluation highlights the impact on young people of their experiences of multiple adversity in childhood, and the consequences for their social and emotional well being. The report highlights the role of high quality training and mentoring in supporting staff to work with these issues, and the importance of working individually with young people to reduce the significant risks they can face."

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16/02/2011: Dr. John Karamichas awarded funding by the Institute for Sustainable World

Dr. John Karamichas has been awarded £2,000 by the Institute for Sustainable World (ISW) for funding of his proposed ‘Interdisciplinary Sandpit’: Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Ireland. Resources, Interaction, Networking and Societal Impact.

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16/02/2011: Gavin Davidson awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship

Gavin Davidson, Lecturer in Social Work, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to learn how the decision making capacity of people with mental health problems is assessed in two jurisdictions in Canada. He will travel to Ontario and Saskatchewan over the summer and meet with practitioners, service users, carers and policy makers.

The trip is intended to help inform the current development of a new legal framework in Northern Ireland for people who have impaired decision making capacity. In most jurisdictions, including within the rest of the UK, there are separate laws covering mental health and mental capacity. In Northern Ireland it is planned to no longer have a separate law for people with mental health problems and the proposed Mental Capacity Bill will provide a non-discriminatory framework for everyone who has impaired capacity. This approach is unique but the laws in Ontario and Saskatchewan have elements of it and so it will be helpful to learn how it works in practice.

The Travelling Fellowship is provided by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which awards grants to individuals to enable travel that will develop them and bring positive benefits to their community and area of interest. More information about the Trust is available at www.wcmt.org.uk including details of how to apply for next year’s Fellowships.

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Professor Mary Daly has commenced a new research project on recent child and family policies in the UK
Professor Mary Daly has commenced a new research project on recent child and family policies in the UK. Funded by the ESRC, it is part of a four country study (France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK) which will take a critical look at the growing policy interest in children and their parents. The project will run for three years and will include a range of research methods and data types. The central research question is whether practices and policies are converging or diverging across the four countries.

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03/03/2011: Funding for Innovative Teaching for the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work from Queen’s Annual Fund

The School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work is committed to enhancing the student experience through innovative teaching methods. As well as being of benefit to the students, good imaginative teaching strategies will improve our performance in the National Student Enhancement Survey and contribute to the overall University goal of becoming a Global 100 University.

The Annual Fund has provided funding to take our Sociology of Work students to see a screening of the movie ‘Brassed Off’ in the Queen’s Film Theatre. ‘Brassed Off’ is set in a Yorkshire mining town where the pit is about to be closed. The formation of a brass band during the process of closure becomes central to those who are about to lose their jobs as a measure of self-esteem and self-worth. This movie touches on many of the key themes covered in the module and can be referred to as an example throughout. It looks at issues of work, unemployment, employment as a part of our identity and self-esteem, gender and work, tensions between workers and management, and the role of trade-unions. The screening of the movie, in the QFT on March 30th, 2011 will be followed by a debate and a reception for students.

Module Convenor Sally Shortall said she is very pleased to have received the award. She said that the Directors of Education in the School, Mary Daly and Caroline Skehill, are both very active in promoting innovative and imaginative approach to teaching and enhancement of student experience. Sally Shortall and Patricia Leathley, the School’s Education Administrator, will attend a ceremony in the Old Staff Common Room on March 2nd to receive the award.

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Letterbox Club helps foster children says QUB study
Letterbox Club helps foster children says QUB study

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Professor Mike Tomlinson comments on social change for thedetail.tv

Professor Mike Tomlinson comments on social change for thedetail.tv

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‘A Total Indifference to our Dignity’ – Older People’s Understanding of Elder Abuse

Age Action with the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, University of Ulster, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, NI and Queen’s University Belfast, is pleased to invite you to the launch of the research report ‘A total indifference to our dignity’; Older people’s understandings of elder abuse at 2.30 pm on the 13th of June 2011 in Wynn's Hotel, Dublin 1.

This critical report was funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) and is the first research carried out on the island of Ireland to examine older peoples’ understandings of elder abuse. It will be of particular interest to older people, community groups working with older people, researchers and policy makers.

The event will include a presentation of the findings and a copy of the report will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Can you please confirm your attendance to socialinclusion@ageaction.ie or phone 00 353 (0) 1 4756989 by the 8th of June. For more details, please click here.

 

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Professor Mary Daly has been appointed by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Professor Mary Daly has been appointed by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD as an independent expert member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). The Council advises the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) on strategic issues for Ireland’s economic and social development. Council members, appointed for a three-year term, include representatives of business and employers’ organisations, trade unions, agricultural and farming organisations, community and environmental organisations, as well as heads of Government departments and independent experts.

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School Graduation Celebration


At the School's Graduation Reception staff, family and friends celebrated the successes of the class of 2011 and prizes were awarded to the top students.

Jonathan Mitchell (Joint Single Politics and Sociology) was awarded the Eithne McLaughlin Prize for producing the best piece of work on Disability. 

Lisa McGuigan (Joint Double Classification in Sociology and Spanish) and Lauren Belshaw (Single Honours Criminology) were awarded the Lockheed Employees' Prize for obtaining the highest overall marks in the Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Shaneen McKeown (Relevant Graduate Route, Bachelor of Social Work) was awarded The Brian Rankin Medal and Prize for the highest performing final year student.

Lindsey Kirk and Catherine Weatherup (Undergraduate Route, Bachelor of Social Work) were also awarded The Brian Rankin Prize for the second and third highest performing final year students.


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