Academics at Robert Gordon University (RGU) are planning to carry out a study looking at the impact of its social work education as the programme celebrates its 50th year.
RGU – and before it Robert Gordon’s Technical College – has delivered a range of social work qualifications over the past 50 years, after it was created from the previous subject named ‘Liberal Studies’.
From a Certificate in Social Work in 1968, to two BA (Hons) and an MSc in 2018, RGU has become the largest provider of social work graduates in Scotland.
To mark this anniversary, the School of Applied Social Studies are asking alumni from the past 50 years what impact their degree had on their lives and careers.
Janine Bolger, Associate Head of the School of Applied Social Studies, said:
‘There are thousands of RGU social work graduates who have gone on to work the length and breadth of the country, however there is limited published research around evaluating social work education and training.
‘We are looking to speak with anyone who qualified through one of our social work programmes over the past five decades and not only learn about where they went on to work and how their training helped, but to hear their personal experiences practising as a social work professional.
‘Another key thing we are interested in researching is the societal impact that social work students or graduates have had on local communities.’
RGU are planning a number of celebrations later in the year to mark the 50 year celebration, which will include alumni and current students alike.
If you studied social work at RGU or want to pass on the stories of someone who did, please get in touch with the social work team at: firstname.lastname@example.org