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Sunderland University— launch of new Centre for Applied Social Sciences


Healthwatch staff attended the launch of the new Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) at Sunderland University on 5th June. The Centre’s mission reflects the University’s aim of taking an active interest in the social issues that affect the region and beyond by engaging in research and practice-based collaborations that aim to improve living conditions, address inequalities and promote social justice.

The Centre was launched on 5th June 2013 at St Peter’s Campus with a high-profile conference on “The Future of Welfare-ness: Social Inclusion in Austere Times”. Key speakers gave presentations on areas such as moral challenges for research in times of austerity; challenges for social work practice and the resilience of the voluntary sector in the north-east. The event was well-attended by delegates from academic organisations, the local authority and the voluntary and community sector.

CASS are running a free public Wednesday Seminar Series throughout the year which is open to anyone in the North East region. The next seminar is on The deficit state of youth participation’ and will be held on 25th September 3-5pm in the Priestman Building, Room 301, Sunderland University City Campus. Contact Alison Perrett for more information or telephone 0191 515 2480.