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New short film created to strengthen social work practice and improve the experience of families

A powerful short film showing the perspectives of six women involved with child welfare and protection has been created to improve the experience of families involved in these processes. [03 Jul 2020]

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Care home study maps lockdown impact on families

A new study is to gauge how lockdown restrictions have affected the families of care home residents. [03 Jul 2020]

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SPS expert’s advisory group reports UK plans could trigger fall in migration

The UK's proposed new immigration system could halve the number of people coming to Scotland, risking labour shortages in key sectors, warns an expert group chaired by the School of Social and Political Science’s Professor Christina Boswell. [02 Jul 2020]

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Researcher to identify how local tradespeople and new energy-saving tech can help meet climate targets

An Edinburgh researcher is mapping out networks of local tradespeople, to figure out how to install new energy-efficiency technologies in existing housing at the scale needed to meet climate targets [25 Jun 2020]

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SPS colleagues celebrated at the CAHSS Colleague Recognition Awards 2020

Congratulations to our SPS staff who have been recognised for inspirational mentoring and teaching; commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion; positive community impact; and for working as an outstanding team. [22 Jun 2020]

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SPS subject areas Complete University Guide UK 2021 rankings

Every School of Social and Political Science subject area came in the top 12 of the Complete University Guide UK 2021 rankings, with Social Work coming top in the UK for the third year running. [19 Jun 2020]

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Expert hub makes matters of race its focus

Specialists from the School of Social and Political Science and from across the humanities and social sciences at the University have launched a University-wide hub for research and teaching on race and ethnicity. [08 Jun 2020]

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Social work students qualify early to join fight against Covid-19

Social work students are graduating early to help deliver health and social care services during the pandemic. [02 Jun 2020]

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Recovering Edinburgh’s cultural spaces during a global pandemic

University of Edinburgh researchers are leading a project to tackle the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the city’s culture sector, creating new cultural events throughout and beyond the lockdown. [26 May 2020]

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Journalism research wins international award

A research paper co-authored by a School of Social and Political Science academic, Dr Kate Wright, has been named as the most outstanding article published internationally on journalism in 2019. [20 May 2020]

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SPS study investigates public understandings, expectations and experience of Covid-19 testing in Scotland

Dr Alice Street has launched new research into how testing strategies for Covid-19 are influencing public trust in health services and government response. [19 May 2020]

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Has the Ebola epidemic in West Africa prepared Sierra Leone’s health system for Covid-19?

Social anthropologists at the School of Social and Political Science will investigate whether technology-focused responses to the 2014 – 2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa prepared Sierra Leone’s health system for Covid-19. [18 May 2020]

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Two SPS researchers to collect video diaries from residents in Edinburgh and the Lothians

A new project, Recording Life during a Pandemic: The Lothian Diary Project, will investigate questions of public health, media and communication among residents of Edinburgh and the Lothians in relation to COVID-19. Among the project researchers are Dr Sarah Liu, Lecturer in Gender and Politics and Dr Clare Llewellyn, Career Development Fellow, both from SPS. [12 May 2020]

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Professor Alison Koslowski’s inaugural lecture is now online

Professor of Social Policy and Research Methods Alison Koslowski’s inaugural lecture, given in October 2019, Sharing the caring: what is holding us back?, has now been made available to watch online [30 Apr 2020]

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Innogen Institute researchers write about Covid-19

The Innogen Institute, a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, including academics from the School of Social and Political Science, and the Open University, has shared various Covid-19 related publications. The articles draw attention to lessons learnt from previous outbreaks of infectious disease, and to the importance of ‘local health’ and the law in global health emergencies. [24 Apr 2020]

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UKRI supports Dr Eleanor Brooks’ project through flagship fellowship

Dr Eleanor Brooks, from the School of Social and Political Science, has been awarded £1million in funding for her project, Better Regulation for Better Health, through the UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships. [23 Apr 2020]

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Professor Christina Boswell wins Political Studies Association’s book of the year award

Professor Christina Boswell, Dean of Research at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Professor of Politics at the School, has picked up the Political Studies Association’s (PSA) award for best political science book of the year. [21 Apr 2020]

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