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Social Work MSW: Events and lectures

Extra activities for this course

There are always interesting activities taking place at Kingston and exciting opportunities to take advantage of. Here are some examples of what you could be involved with if you study this course.

Social work conference

We host an annual social work research conference, which:

  • features distinguished keynote speakers;
  • showcases recently completed or on-going research in the University;
  • gives staff and masters students the chance to disseminate their research through seminar presentations; and
  • attracts an audience of practitioners and academics.

Our next social work conference will take place on Wednesday 10 April 2013. The theme will be 'social worker voices' with keynote presentations on social workers' voices in the past and in the present, and social workers' voices from across the world. Social workers' experiences and views are often unrecorded and unheard, but they have been captured and will be told through the conference.

Social work seminars

We also run a series of seminars, running either every month or every other month at the Kingston Hill campus. They include a distinguished keynote speaker and a presentation. The seminars are free and open to:

  • all staff in local social services organisations in the statutory, voluntary and private sector; and
  • service users, carers and their organisations that assist with the social work education programmes at the University.

Recent speakers have included:

  • Marian Brandon (discussing serious case reviews: lessons for the protection of children);
  • Hári Sewell (discussing mental health and race, culture and ethnicity);
  • Sir Roger Singleton (discussing working with government to strengthen the safeguarding of children);
  • Ann MacFarlane and John Evans (discussing the history and impact of the disability movement – views from the inside);
  • Naomi Eisenstadt CB on 'Sure Start and Lessons for the Future'.
  • Dr Margaret Flynn on 'Lessons for safeguarding adults from the Winterbourne View and other serious case reviews'.
  • The Findings of the National Pilot Study of Personal Health Budgets' (presented by a leading member of the research team).
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