SSRG Consultations – Social Research Research Strategy

The Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee (JUCSWEC) is currently developing a long term strategy for social work research in higher education. We believe that social work research has a vital role to play in the development and delivery of high quality social services in the UK across all age groups. Social work research contributes to the production of the evidence base for effective services and social work academics who are active in research are best able to train up to date, evidence aware practitioners. However, social work research in higher education institutions faces a number of obstacles in meeting these expectations.

The need to develop social work research capacity has been formally recognised by both the ESRC and
the Higher Education Funding Councils in recent years. JUC SWEC is now working to articulate a strategy for securing a step change in the quantity and quality of social work research activity in Universities and is seeking your advice and support in doing so. We are consulting about the draft strategy with a variety of stakeholders and would welcome your views about our approach, its principles,
analysis, aims and proposed actions. We are also looking to join with others to secure the improvements we seek and would like to know whether you would wish to explore the possibilities for collaboration on aspects of the strategy. It would be helpful if you could give us a response by April 21st.

Please respond directly to:

Professor Paul Bywaters

Director, Centre for Social Justice

Coventry University

Priory Street,



Paul Bywaters


Download: JUC Strategy (151kb MS Word file)

Download: JUC Strategy (172kb PDF)

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