Robin Trenbath is a MSc candidate in Comparative Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention.
Prior to his undergraduate studies, Robin worked for several years in the healthcare sector supporting adults and children with disabilities and challenging behaviour. He was also active in the charity sector, having co-founded Youth Project UK and managed the development of P4U (Philosophy For You). A recipient of O2 Think Big funding, Youth Project UK provided citizenship education to schools in deprived areas of north England; P4U, in conjunction with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, facilitated conversations between vulnerable younger people and older people at risk of social isolation using community philosophy.
During this time Robin taught himself A Levels and was accepted into the University of Manchester to read for a BA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History. Robin’s dissertation, a Foucauldian discursive analysis of homelessness policy, was awarded the Edwards & Hooson Prize for best dissertation on the theme of social responsibility. A further piece of coursework, on the spatial contestation of identity in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, was also privileged to be recognised as ‘Highly Commended’ by the International Undergraduate Awards, and has been published in the peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, Political Perspectives.
While at DSPI, Robin looks forward to working with the community of staff and students in order to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career as a social policy researcher.