4th October 2002

 

FUNDING BOOST FOR SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS

 

Social work students in Hull are to get a welcome boost from the government – a financial package worth over £4,000 a year.

 

From September 2003 social work students at the University of Lincoln will benefit from a new bursary scheme announced this week by Health Minister Jacqui Smith.

 

On top of an annual bursary of £2,500 the government will also pay the tuition fee (currently £1,075 per year) for those students who do not have these met by their local education authority or their employer.

 

A further grant of £500 to cover travel expenses when on practice placement brings the total of the package to £4,075 per year.

 

“We want to see more people entering the social work profession and to encourage people into social work training,” said Jacqui Smith.

 

“The Department of Health has done a lot of work to encourage people to consider a career in social work through its national recruitment campaign. We had an overwhelming number of people requesting information and we hope that this translates into people joining the profession.”


Don Blackburn, Head of Social Work at the University of Lincoln’s Cottingham Road campus, said the financial package was more good news for social work students.

 

“This new funding is important as it will help to fill a sub-regional shortage in the social care sector,” he said.

 

“This announcement comes at the same time as the General Social Care Council is relaxing its stipulation that social workers must be 22 or older before they can be awarded a Diploma in Social Work.

 

“That rule has meant until now that social work students at the University of Lincoln had to be 19 before they began their course. Now they can start at 18, which makes the new professional degree a much more attractive option.”

 

The new bursary is payable to all students on the social work degree.

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk