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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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Visitor from New Zealand talks about disasters & social work

Dr Carole Adamson met students and staff this week to talk to us about social work's role in disasters.

Award for Head of Social Work

Professor Viv Cree has just been given the prestigious award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her research in social

Upcoming Events

Oct 25 Speaker: Beata Borowska-Beszta # Nicolaus Copernicus University; Speaker: Piotr Krakowiak # Nicolaus Copernicus University; Speaker: Urszula Bartnikowska # University of Warmia and Mazury; Speaker: Katarzyna Ćwirynkało # University of Warmia and Mazury Disability and support in Scotland and Poland: ethnographic research on the perspective of Poles working as caretakers and assistants for disabled people at home. 15:00 (2 hours) LG10, David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh

Social Work Edinburgh and Disability Research Edinburgh

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