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Joint Universities Social Work Association Conference 2024


Venue: Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: Early bird - £275; Regular - £300, Non-waged - £100
Speaker(s): Prof Rick Hood, 2x keynote speakers to be confirmed

Joint Universities Social Work Association Conference 2024

Kingston University's Department of Social Work and Social Care, working in partnership with Joint Universities Social Work Association (JUSWA) is pleased to host this year's annual conference. JUSWA Conference is the UK's only conference covering the whole of the social work field. This year we welcome you to Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Welcome to JUSWAC 2024


I am delighted to welcome you to our 2024 Social Work Education and Research Conference hosted by our colleagues at Kingston University.  This is our sixth conference since implementing our strategy to take the conference to each nation of the UK and to its different regions and I am pleased that this year we are meeting for the first time in the London Region.

It is also the first year of our new charity.  During the last 12 months we have been working hard to transfer from the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUCSWEC) to our new Charitable Incorporated Organisation the Joint Universities Social Work Association (JUSWA).  As we begin this new era, I would like to thank all of those involved in keeping our work progressing and in particular to Professor Wilson Muleya and Carmelina Critcher and their colleagues here at Kingston University for their hard work to organise and host our conference this year.

Our chosen theme - Grand Challenges for Social Work: Strengthening Social Solidarity and Connectedness reflects our wish to reinforce social work's role as a global profession and one that thrives best through relational connections and generic allyship. Our conference is a good place to reinforce our connections and create new ones through our shared endeavours and impactful work.  It is also perhaps a place for some welcome respite and refreshment as we engage with new ideas and innovative thinking in the context of increasingly challenging times.  Our work here can also transform us alongside colleagues from connected professions grappling with similar challenges.

As always whether you are a first-time presenter or experienced (former) JSWEC presenter your work is important to us and thank you for sharing it here. Our experts by experience, students, practitioners, academics, keynote speakers and others attending are the heart of our conference and I look forward to welcoming you in person in June. 



Professor Janet Melville-Wiseman       
Chair – Joint Universities Social Work Association

Grand Challenges for Social Work: Strengthening social solidarity and connectedness


  1. Responses to social inequality within organisational and practice cultures.
  2. Building relationships and networks to enhance social solidarity and global connectedness.
  3. Creating and delivering a curriculum for social work that supports social solidarity and global connectedness.
  4. Social work in the community: new directions in research, education, and practice
  5. New models of ethical partnership working
  6. Challenging power dynamics in everyday practice

Keynote speakers:

Prof Rick Hood, Kingston University London

2x keynote speakers to be confirmed


If you are considering to submit a paper (presentation, workshop or poster) for this conference, please use this link

Please click to see the guidance notes for abstract submission


Early bird - £275

Regular - £300

Non-waged - £100

Local organising committee

Professor Wilson Muleya

Professor Rick Hood

Nathalie Leung

Carmelina Critcher

JUSWA Organising Committee

Professor Janet Melville-Wiseman

Jill Childs

Amanda Fitchett

Professor Joanne Westwood

Dr Georga Palattyill

Professor Janet Walker

Dr Alison McInnes


Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Local organising committee


Directions to Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB: