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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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Bethany Jennings passes PhD viva on women’s experiences of low income employment in Bangladesh

We’re proud to announce that Bethany Jennings passed her PhD viva on 25th October 2018 with minor corrections. Beth’s ground breaking research explored women’s experiences

We wish a fond farewell to Professor Viv Cree

On Wednesday 26th September 2018 we held the final of our ‘In Conversation’ events, with Dr Viv Cree, Professor of Social Work Studies at the

Upcoming Events

Nov 28 Speaker: John Devaney # Centenary Chair of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of subject; Speaker: Kirsty Pate # Sector Manager in City of Edinburgh Community Justice services; Speaker: Rania Hamad # Senior Practitioner for Hate Crime and Restorative Justice for the City of Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Social Work service; Speaker: Cheryl Brown # Chief Executive and founder at Midlothian Sure Start; Hosted by: Autumn Roesch-Marsh # Senior Lecturer of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh New directions for Social Work with people who have an experience of abuse and trauma 13:00 (4 hours) Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Social Work Seminar Series

Dec 05 Speaker: Rick Hood # Kingston and St George's University Identifying and understanding the link between system conditions and welfare inequalities in statutory children's social care services 15:00 (2 hours) Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

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