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Critical and Radical Social Work: An international journal

September 17, 2012 admin 0

A new publication, Critical and Radical Social Work: An international journal, is being launched by Policy Press Journals in early 2013.

The journal is edited by Social Work Action Network (SWAN) steering committee members, Michael Lavalette, Associate Professor of Social Work, Liverpool Hope University and Iain Ferguson, Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, University of the West of Scotland. It will have two editions per year, usually each March and September.

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Social Work in Palestine – 2 November 2012, Durham

September 10, 2012 admin 0

On 2nd November 2012, a special event on social work in Palestine will be held at the University of Durham. It marks the launch of the ‘Palestine-UK Social Work Network’ hosted by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

This day long event will feature SWAN National Convenor, Michael Lavalette, who is Associate Professor in Social Work at Liverpool Hope University alongside a group of social work students from his university. Both Michael and the students will be sharing their experiences of the September 2012 Liverpool Hope study trip to Palestine which is taking place as this article is written.

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Defend social work students at London Met Uni

September 4, 2012 admin 0

SWAN’s position on the decision by the UK Border Agency to suspend London Metropolitan University’s power to recruit students from outside the EU

The Social Work Action Network (SWAN) denounces the decision by the UK Border Agency to suspend the power of London Metropolitan University to recruit students from outside the EU. This means that 2,700 current overseas students must find new courses within 60 days, or face deportation from the UK. The University itself faces serious questions about its financial sustainability.

Alongside other disciplines affected by the decision are the social work courses. SWAN has members among the social work lecturing staff at London Metropolitan University who tell us that two of their students have been struggling to deal with the fall-out of this decision.