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Press Release - 27 June 2005

Bath becomes the UK focus for social policy research

Two hundred of the country’s foremost experts on subjects ranging from child poverty to crime will arrive in Bath this week for the 2005 Social Policy Association conference at the University of Bath.

The 2005 conference has the theme of wellbeing and social justice, and gives researchers the opportunity to talk about their latest findings and network with others in their field.

Speakers include SPA President and Guardian newspaper columnist Polly Toynbee, Nic Marks from the New Economics Foundation and Professor Ian Gough from the University of Bath who will together talk about the concept of wellbeing as a goal of social policy.

Dr Tess Ridge, from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, who is organising the conference, said, “The conference is the premier meeting of social policy researchers in the UK, so this is quite a coup for the University.

“As well as highlighting some of the latest findings in social policy, the conference will also focus on the 40th anniversary of the Child Poverty Action Group which has been campaigning to eradicate child poverty since 1965.”

There will be a civic reception at the Roman Baths as part of the conference proceedings for all of the delegates attending.

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