School of Education and Social Work

Department of Social Work and Social Care

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Now more than ever, our most vulnerable children, young people, families, adults and carers need support.

Are you ready to Step Up to the challenge?

Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council Children’s Services are seeking motivated graduates to join the Step Up to Social Work programme and make a difference in our communities.

This fast-track 14-month programme starts in January 2022 and will support you to achieve a professional Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work qualification which is fully-funded by the Department for Education. Trainees also receive a bursary of £19,833.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for the course, visit the Department for Education website.

The closing date for applications is 7 April 2021.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, but particularly encourage applicants from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background as well as those who identify as disabled or male as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforces.

About us

Social work is a rapidly changing profession and at Sussex we are at the forefront of innovation and development.

We offer attractive opportunities in a department noted for its strength in professional education and its contribution to professional knowledge and practice.

We are among the leading institutions in the UK for the quality of our research. The Department currently hosts three research centres: The Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing (CIRW), the Centre for Innovation and Research in Social Work (CSWIR), and the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY). We also have a proud tradition of providing rewarding opportunities for study, whether at initial qualifying, post-qualifying or doctoral levels.

We constantly build on our strong track record of interdisciplinarity to develop new approaches to inter-professional learning and research which recognise both the distinctiveness and the interconnected nature of social work as a discipline and a profession.

Winter Graduation 2020: Lucinda's story

Read Lucinda Strong's inspirational first-hand account of finally getting into Sussex, her preferred university, and studying for a Social Work MA whilst also being mother to a one-year-old and dealing with a lifelong illness. 

Sing for your Wellbeing!

Following the incredibly successful 'Singing For Wellbeing' event hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Research in Wellbeing on 16 October 2019, a video has been made to encourage the use of singing to improve mental health.

Thanks to professional film-maker, Caleb Yule, from Stories of Note.

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