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Navigating Troubled Waters. Women in Social Work Education in Scotland

Navigating Troubled Waters. Women in Social Work Education in Scotland
Hosted by: Autumn Roesch-Marsh # Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh; Speaker: John Devaney # Centenary Chair of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of subject; Speaker: Kirsty Pate # Sector Manager in City of Edinburgh Community Justice services; Speaker: Rania Hamad # Senior Practitioner for Hate Crime and Restorative Justice for the City of Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Social Work service; Speaker: Cheryl Brown # Chief Executive and founder at Midlothian Sure Start, a voluntary sector family support service for families with young children
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24th Oct 2018 15:00 - 24th Oct 2018 16:30
Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX

This study, funded by the Carnegie UK Trust, began with the realisation that women in the academy fare less well than men across all disciplines: they are less likely to be promoted, they earn less pay, and that are much less likely to become professors. But what about women academics in a traditionally female-centred discipline such as social work? How does their experience mirror or contrast with this global picture? And what lessons might be learned (positive and negative) to inform policy and practice in higher education in the future? The study used social work education in Scotland as a case study through which to explore these key questions. Mixed methods were used, including a review of relevant policy and research documents; an online survey of women and men academics in social work education; and semi-structured interviews with 15 women in social work education who currently hold or have held leadership roles in HEIs over the last 10 years. The study found that women in the social work academy face the same challenges that women experience throughout higher education. Some of these pressures are shared by men; the target-driven, neo-liberal university of the 21st century is not an easy place to survive and thrive, especially when also managing caring commitments. None of this comes as a surprise. What was unexpected, however, was the extent to which women in social work academia experience twin challenges, firstly, as female academics and secondly, as female social work academics while social work struggles for recognition as an academic discipline. Our seminar will present some of the key findings, and be an opportunity to widen the discussion to a larger audience.

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Navigating Troubled Waters