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SWU reveal winners of essay competition

Four social work students pick up £500 each

Social Workers Union (SWU) is delighted to announce the winners of their recent World Social Work Day Essay Assignment Competition.  

Chrissie Beatty of Bournemouth University, Rachel Hopkins of Cardiff University, Daniel Cornes of Keele University and University of Worcester’s Jessica Hastings wrote winning essays on ‘How social workers can solve austerity’ – picking up £500 each.

The winning essay’s can be viewed here.

John McGowan, general secretary of SWU, said: “I am delighted in the interest shown in this assignment and the 'Austerity’ topic appears to have stimulated student social workers in submitting entries in a very high number. 

“SWU and BASW will continue to campaign on Austerity and it is good to see that future social workers have a deep understanding of the impacts of austerity.”

 Guy Shennan, former BASW chair and one of the assignment markers, said: “The quality of the entries to this competition was uniformly high and some were outstanding.

“This was a great testament both to the calibre of students entering the profession and to the importance that our future social workers are attaching to combating austerity.

“Marking these essays was an absolute pleasure.”