This new degree was funded by the Scottish Executive. The intention was to create a cadre of specialist managers and practitioners across Scotland. By local government reorganisation in 1996, most senior managers had either completed or were to complete this degree; all local authorities made annual commitments to send staff on the programme until 2007. From the initial years, education was delivered by Edinburgh and Stirling universities, but managed by Edinburgh. Although fees in the early years were paid directly by Social Work Services Group, by around 2000, this responsibility fell onto local authorities. By 2004/5 numbers started to decline, although demand continued, and the degree ended in 2008.
Source: Prof Bill Whyte, 03/04/17