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Social Work


Social Work at Edinburgh has a long and established international reputation. In the Complete University Guide social work at the University of Edinburgh has been ranked top in the UK in both 2019 and 2020, and in the same guide was rated sixth in the UK for its quality and breadth of research.

We are a diverse and international community of staff and students, providing 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 education for social workers since 1918, with graduates working throughout the world to make a real difference in the communities in which they live. 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, policy makers, practice agencies) across research, education, dissemination and policy work. Our teaching is supported by regular opportunities to be taught by users of social work services, and practitioners.

We have a wide-ranging portfolio of research reflecting the academic and professional background of the teaching staff, all of whom are engaged in research and knowledge exchange activities, and through this, we seek to impact on both the policy and practice communities in social work locally and internationally. Do look around our webpages, and make contact if you would like to discuss coming to study with us.

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Inaugural Social Work Research Student Led Conference

On Monday 3rd June 2019 the social work subject area held its inaugural conference for research students and staff on the theme of ‘New Knowledge’.

Death of Julie Ann Macqueen

The social work community has been saddened to hear of the death of Julie Ann Macqueen, an alumna and benefactor of the University of Edinburgh.

Upcoming Events

Oct 30 Speaker: Professor Danielle Turney # Queens University Belfast; Speaker: Mr Gerry Marshall # Queens University Belfast Recognition, Relationships and Re-thinking social work intervention 15:00 (2 hours) Martin Hall, New College, The University of Edinburgh, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Nov 20 Speaker: Dr Joanna Fox # Anglia Ruskin University The neoliberal university: making space for mental ill-health in social work education 15:00 (2 hours) Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

Feb 05 Speaker: Professor Kate Morris # Sheffield University Working in partnership with families – Did a red-hot idea become a like warm bath? 15:00 (2 hours) TBC

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