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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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Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh presents her research at the Scottish Parliament

On the 20th of November 2018 Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, presented the finding of her research at the Scottish Parliament. The

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

Upcoming Events

Apr 03 Speaker: Professor Martin Webber # University of York Adapting social intervention models for local use: Connecting People in the UK, Sierra Leone and Nepal 14:00 (2 hours) Geography (Old Infirmary), 2.13

May 16 Speaker: Professor Elspeth Neil # University of East Anglia Adoption 15:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) TBC

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