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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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Social Work Centenary Event

In Conversation with Professor Jane Algate: 'at the heart of child welfare social work policy and practice for 40 years'

ESWRA Conference 2018 at University of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that the 8th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH is being hosted by Social Work at the University of Edinburgh

Upcoming Events

Mar 26 Hosted by: Dr Gary Clapton # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Professor Jane Aldgate # TBC In conversation with Professor Jane Aldgate: ‘at the heart of child welfare social work policy and practice for 40 years’. 15:30 (1 hour and 30 minutes) Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

Social Work Centenary Seminar

Apr 18 Introduced by: Professor Viviene Cree # University of Edinburgh EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH 15:00 (2 days and 3 hours) University of Edinburgh

Social Work, University of Edinburgh

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