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The University of Edinburgh has been providing training for social workers since 1918. It is one of the largest centres for social work education in the UK and is among the highest ranked for the quality of its teaching and research. We provide a range of educational opportunities for both intending and qualified social workers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

We have a wide-ranging research profile, reflecting the academic and professional background of the teaching staff all of whom are engaged in research. The taught courses in the MSW and BSc benefit from this research which also enhances the support of postgraduate research students.

Social Work at the University of Edinburgh hosts a number of centres which are run collaboratively with other stakeholders (universities, colleges, practice agencies and service user and carer groups). These centres are involved in research, education & training, dissemination, and policy developments across a wide range of fields.

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Edinburgh article wins award!

An article written by Viv Cree and Janan Dean has been given the award of joint Best Empirical Article of 2015 by 'Social Work Education,

Evaluation report on mentoring services for ex-offenders

Prof Bill Whyte and Dr Steve Kirkwood contributed to an evaluation of Scottish Government funded mentoring services for ex-offenders.

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