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29th November 2013, 8:56am
Social workers from across the world join prestigious new postgraduate programme
EU flag Social workers from more than a dozen countries are learning side-by-side at the University of Lincoln, UK, as the first cohort of a unique international postgraduate programme.

The MA Advanced Development in Social Work (ADVANCES) is designed to enhance the practice skills of qualified social workers from around the world so that they can confidently respond to the uncertainties facing societies across the globe.

During the 22-month course, students will spend time at five European universities, learning together alongside some of the world’s most respected academics in the discipline. With the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union, ADVANCES is delivered by a consortium led by the University of Lincoln with Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Lisbon, Portugal; Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France; and Warsaw University, Poland.

The first intake of ADVANCES students brings together social work practitioners from 19 countries spanning four continents, including Jamaica, Thailand, Uganda, Palestine, and Australia, who are currently spending their first semester in Lincoln’s School of Health and Social Care. Their study programme continues with full semesters in Denmark and Portugal and summer schools in Paris and Warsaw.  

Dr Michael Rasell, Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln and Coordinator for the ADVANCES programme, said: “Social workers face great challenges in responding to rapid social changes around the world. Practitioners are often on the frontline of the global effort to promote social justice, sometimes in the face or great political upheaval or endemic poverty.  This unique course is designed for qualified, practising social work professionals from any country, who want to develop their practice skills with their international peers. Our hope is that these students will not only contribute to improving practice, policy and research when they return home, but also become ambassadors for the professionalization of the social work sector internationally.”

The European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation.

ADVANCES is the second prestigious Erasmus Mundus Masters programme developed and delivered by the University of Lincoln in partnership with other European institutions. In 2011, the University launched its Erasmus Mundus Masters in Forensic Science to develop international, multidisciplinary expertise in crime prevention and detection.

Admissions for September 2014 entry to the ADVANCES programme are now open. The application deadline is 1st January 2014 for candidates wishing to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.  For more information on how to apply, visit:

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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