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SPS Staff Recognised in New Year Honours List

Bill Whyte, Professor of Social Work Studies in Criminal and Youth Justice, has been awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

Bill WhyteThe award was given in recognition of Professor Whyte's services to youth justice in Scotland. His research today focuses mainly on young people at risk of or affected by crime.

A former social worker, Bill transitioned into an academic career in 1983, becoming a Lecturer in Social Work whilst working part time at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital as a social worker and later as an independent local authority chair of child protection.

Speaking of his work in the field, he said:

"I am grateful to the many practitioners that I have worked with who put themselves on the line every day on behalf of the community, to work with young people and their families in some very difficult circumstances."

Bill went on to establish the first national Masters programme in Advanced Social Work Studies in Criminal Justice in 1991 and was later Director of the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre for Scotland 2001-2013, based at the University of Edinburgh.

"I consider myself very fortunate to have worked in the University of Edinburgh while having the opportunity and resources to be very externally facing and to work in partnership with the practice field and policy makers - now gaining greater emphasis in REF in terms of KTE and impact."

Outside of academia, Bill is also the vice chairman of the Edinburgh University Association Football Club which has recognised his achievement.

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