Durham University Student Social Workers in Solidarity

Daniel Whitford
Anonymous 163 Comments
642 Signatures Goal: 500

Following a shocking revelation of Durham University's proposed intentions to discontinue the Masters of Social Work (MSW) and International Social Work and Community Development (ISWCD) courses, we as students have decided to stand together and dispute what we perceive to be a misjudged and unsubstantiated decision.

The university is proposing this decision based on the following factors:

- The relationship of the programmes to the "strategic priorities" for the school

- The uncertain and limited student recruitment environment and

- The financial position of the programme

As students on these courses, we feel that these excuses are unjust and lacking a degree of substantiation. And if they are factually correct, these are easily rectifiable with a little support from the University. We are concerned that this is a Higher Education institution that would appear to be stating that Social Work is no longer an academic priority, which could lead other Universities following suit. What's more, we fear the implications this may have on social work practice. In particular, we worry that Social Work will become increasingly prescribed, and we will lose the flexibility, adaptability, and academic prowess of the vocation.

The courses in question have been pivotal in influencing people's career choices. Graduates give something back to the North-East community, via the excellent Social Workers entering the profession, who have all successfully complete the high quality training at Durham University. Additionally, alumni, and staff, have moved onto fields of work that have been vital outside of the UK, including work with the United Nations, Ebola Recovery Programmes and Social Protection.

Any support you can offer in defence of our respected and influential courses would be greatly appreciated.

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May 19
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May 17
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  • Dr Mark Peel
    Dr Mark Peel United Kingdom, Leeds
    Aug 29, 2017
    Aug 29, 2017
    The exact same argument around lack of strategic fit, financial viability and lack of research (this despite all Leics staff being on teaching only contracts!)was used by University of Leicester as justification for the closure of the MASW. The truth seems to be that some University's think they're too 'posh' for social work! Shame on you Durham. As the Independent Chair of an LSCB (Leeds) the potential loss of yet more PG qualified social workers is a cause for great concern, and the price will be paid by the most vulnerable and poorest in our society.
  • Mark Cordell
    Mark Cordell United Kingdom
    Aug 24, 2017
    Aug 24, 2017
    Social work is vital to society and has real impact on the ground and in people's lives - unlike much of Durham University's elitist and ivory tower approach.
  • David N Jones
    David N Jones United Kingdom, Northampton
    Jul 10, 2017
    Jul 10, 2017
    I am writing separately to the Vice Chancellor to oppose this proposal.
  • Rachel Sempija
    Rachel Sempija United Kingdom, Lambeth
    Jun 27, 2017
    Jun 27, 2017
    I am a social work PhD student in Durham - what are you doing?!! Stand up for ethics and humanitarian change rather than following the money!!!
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    Dr Mark Peel United Kingdom
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