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Social Work at Edinburgh is one of the most respected centres for social work education in the UK and is among the highest ranked for the quality of its teaching and research. Not only did Social Work at Edinburgh come top in the UK in The Times & Sunday Times ranking for 2017, but it was also rated third in the UK for its quality and breadth of research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) and top in the Times Higher Education's research power index.

We provide a range of educational opportunities for both intending and qualified social workers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (BSc, MSW, MSc by Research, PG Certificate and PhD). We have been providing training for social workers since 1918. In recognition of this, we have created a website with lots of resources and profiles - do have a look to find out what we have been doing over the last 100 years!

Social Work at the University of Edinburgh works collaboratively with other stakeholders (universities, colleges, practice agencies and service user and carer groups) across research, education & training, dissemination and policy work.

We have a wide-ranging research profile, reflecting the academic and professional background of the teaching staff, all of whom are engaged in research and knowledge exchange (KE) activities, and through this, we seek to impact on both the policy and practice communities in social work in Scotland and further afield. Our taught courses benefit from this research and our postgraduate research students and KE partners add to the overall portfolio of research being conducted within Social Work.

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Breaking The Chains: Human Rights and Global Mental Health: 23rd November 2017

We are pleased to have Dr Erminia Colucci, University of Middlesex to screen her film titled: ‘Breaking the Chains: Human Rights Abuses of the Mentally

ScOPT Wokshop & University of Social Work Centenary Event: 29th November 2017

Practice Learning – Looking back – Moving forward: a workshop run by ScOPT in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh Social Work

Upcoming Events

Nov 29 Introduced by: Jon Bolton # ScOPT; Hosted by: Professor Vivene Cree # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Wendy Pateron # Social Work; Speaker: Linda Grierson # Social Work; Speaker: Marianne Hughes # Midlothian Council; Speaker: Pat McGowan # Social Work; Speaker: Fiona Stansfield # Social Work; Speaker: Ali Upton # Social Work Practice Learning - Looking Back, Moving Forward 13:00 (3 hours and 30 minutes) Seminar Room 1 & 2, Ground Floor , Chrystal Macmillan Building, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

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