The social work bursary in England : impact of funding arrangments upon social work education and the future workforce

Moriarty, Jo, Manthorpe, Jill, Hussein, Shereen, Stevens, Martin, Sharpe, Endellion, MacIntyre, Gillian, Orme, Joan, Lister, Pam Green and Crisp, Beth R. 2012, The social work bursary in England : impact of funding arrangments upon social work education and the future workforce, British journal of social work, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 957-973.

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Title The social work bursary in England : impact of funding arrangments upon social work education and the future workforce
Author(s) Moriarty, Jo
Manthorpe, Jill
Hussein, Shereen
Stevens, Martin
Sharpe, Endellion
MacIntyre, Gillian
Orme, Joan
Lister, Pam Green
Crisp, Beth R.
Journal name British journal of social work
Volume number 42
Issue number 5
Start page 957
End page 973
Total pages 17
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 0045-3102
1468-263X
Keyword(s) social work education
student funding
non-traditional students
widening participation
bursary
Summary The financial support available to students on social work qualifying programmes appears to be a neglected topic in published social work research. This article draws on a literature review and secondary data analysis of an existing dataset to discuss what is known about this topic and specifically considers the impact of a financial incentive to undertake social work qualifying education in England, the social work bursary. In the context of major changes to the funding of higher education in England, it suggests that the introduction of the social work bursary has helped increase the number of students enrolling on social work qualifying programmes in England and supported some students whose personal and financial circumstances might have prevented them from undertaking social work qualifying education. While students report their appreciation of financial assistance in the form of the bursary, many have additional needs in the form of support for children and other dependants, and for help in defraying the costs of travel while undertaking practice placements. The paper concludes that attention needs to be paid to the specific needs of social work students when considering the impact of changes to funding higher education.
Language eng
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050507

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