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Social work bursary: Department of Health consultation

21 May 2012

In 2003, the Department of Health introduced a new bursary for social work students as a way of attracting students to study social work. Almost 10 years later, the changed financial climate and a large increase in the number of social work students has prompted it to launch a consultation on the social work bursary in order to decide whether there are more cost effective ways of supporting social work students.

Perhaps surprisingly, the impact of financial incentives for studying social work is an under-researched topic, the Unit concluded when it was asked by the Department of Health to undertake two literature reviews on the bursary. The second review is included at the end of the impact assessment. The results from the first review and re-analysis of data collected as part of the Evaluation of the New Social Work Degree Qualification in England enabled the Unit to publish one of the few pieces of empirical research into the impact of the bursary.

SCWRU Project page: Literature review to inform the review of the social work bursary 

Read the consultation document and comment on the proposals here: Department of Health consultation.

Consultation closes 27 July 2012

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