Department of Social & Policy Sciences

New studies reveal challenges to transparency in healthcare in Central Europe

New research, from an international group of health policy experts led by the University, reports a mixed picture of transparency in public decisions-making around new medicine approvals in Poland, one of Europe’s largest pharmaceutical markets.

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Launch of UNICEF database ‘a public good’ to address social policy challenges

A new publicly-accessible database of experts has launched aimed at improving policy and decision making across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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Community Matters: Creativity Works

A short film charting the research collaboration organised by the public engagement unit between Bath-based Creativity Works and University researchers including Dr Justin Rogers.

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UK 'ill prepared' for death and dying warns IPR Policy Brief

Researchers hope their findings will act as catalyst to policy-makers to rethink our approach to death and dying by better joining up different services.

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Home Office leak: an expert reviews the proposed Brexit immigration system

Inside the latest information on how the government plans to deal with EU nationals working in the UK.

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Britain’s Young Are On The Wrong Side Of A Great Unfairness

Young people today now fear they will be the first post-war generation not to have a substantially improved lot in life compared to their parents.

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University film scoops Higher Education Oscar

An in-house University film documenting the realities of life for female farmers in Ghana, scooped a top national award at the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC): Learning on Screen Awards 2017, held at the British Film Institute in London.

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Career advice from our alumni

We invited our masters alumni back to Bath to talk about how their degree has helped their career and share international development and policy career advice.

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Dr Louise Brown and current students discuss the BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies course.

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Research student Juan Pablo Ferrero talks about his PhD in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

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Jana is conducting research into social death alongside staff from the Centre for Death & Society.

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