I’m taking Working with Risk, Trust and Complexity, Professional Practice in Social Work 2 and Social Work Dissertation.
Edinburgh is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and I was aware of the impact this has on future employment so I was keen to come here. I felt I would also enjoy moving to a different city.
I chose to study social work as I am passionate about working alongside individuals and groups, enabling them to make positive changes to their lives. I have enjoyed being able to go on placement in two different sectors as well as the variety of courses offered which can be studied alongside required courses.
I would encourage students to get as much experience of volunteering as they can. Get a range of experiences working with children and young people, the elderly and other user groups as this is central to informing learning and practice.
I chose courses which would complement my degree whilst gaining experience in community education, working with groups and also health and society. I have really enjoyed the Professional Practice in Social Work course as this has allowed me to put my learning into practice and gain invaluable experience.
- Living in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a beautiful and diverse city. It’s great for shopping, sightseeing and also having visitors and friends over to stay. It has a great choice of restaurants and bars and there is always something to do.
I love the hustle and bustle of the Meadows, especially at weekends and during the festival. I also love the ability to be able to walk everywhere and enjoy the scenery.
I initially struggled moving to Edinburgh as this was the first time I had been away from home for more than one week! I had never seen halls before and therefore it took a bit of adjusting to but I soon began to settle in and now wouldn’t look back.
I stayed in Pollock Halls in first year. Having meals prepared for me and having my room cleaned really helped with the transition from home to university.
I have a part-time job where I work anything between 6 and 20 hours per week. I could manage to fit this around my studies in first and second year but since going into honours years I have found it more difficult.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in the social scene at Edinburgh. I am a member of Children’s Holiday Venture which I joined in first year. I started out as a volunteer and then quickly took on the role of group leader. For the past two years I have also been on the group committee and have found this a really beneficial experience.