School of Social and Political Science

SPS Social Work graduates fast tracked for a key role in the community

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s cohort of Master of Social Work students qualified early from the School of Social and Political Science, to give their support to the people, communities and families in Scotland. They share their experience in a new article in the University’s Edit magazine.


Writer Dr Aileen Ballantyne tells the stories of five Edinburgh social workers - three newly qualified social workers and two practising social workers gaining further qualifications at the School - and their experiences working in the community. 

Read the article on the Edit magazine page. 

Professor John Devaney, Centenary Professor and Head of Social Work at the Universitry of Edinburgh, said:

"Social workers may not wear an identifiable keyworker ‘uniform’ – and their roles may be complex and varied – but the need for them has never been more evident."

He added: “If social work wasn’t an existing profession it would need to be created.”'

Social Work at the School of Social and Political Science

The University started providing training for social workers in 1918 and is well-recognised as a leading institution in social work training. Based in the School of Social and Political Science, Social Work at Edinburgh has been ranked number one in the UK for the third year in a row in the recent Complete University Guide 2021 league table. 

Find out more about Social Work at SPS here.