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BASW student ambassador scheme: Apply now!

BSAs ensure BASW is hearing the voice of students, whilst also acting as a conduit for students to get a better understanding of how BASW is supporting people who have chosen to qualify as social workers

The BASW Student Ambassador (BSA) role is designed to be the bridge between social work students and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

BSAs ensure BASW is hearing the voice of students, whilst also acting as a conduit for students to get a better understanding of how BASW is supporting people who have chosen to qualify as social workers.

The BSA scheme is co-produced between current students, University programmes, the BASW UK student and NQSW group, and BASW. BSAs are an essential link between their student group and BASW. You can be studying on undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, through apprenticeships, fast track programmes or academies. You will be a student leader in your university, proactive in reaching out to your peers and sharing the views of students with BASW.

BSAs gain skills in being approachable and building relationships. You will actively listen to your peers, find innovative ways to gather information and communicate effectively with BASW in giving feedback - interpersonal and communication skills which are crucial for effective social work practice.

BASW Student Ambassador (BSA): Responsibilities and commitments

  • A commitment from you to undertake the role for the academic year in which you apply
  • BASW will ask you to share a link to the film developed by students for students to peers as part of their induction
  • We may ask you to consult with your peers regarding specific events or campaigns
  • We will ask you for quarterly feedback about the key issues coming from students that BASW needs to be aware of
  • We may ask you to be ‘critical friends’ for different pieces of work BASW is taking forward in aspects of social work education and social work practice.

How BASW will support you in your role as a BSA

  • Free BASW membership for the duration of your BSA tenure - logistics TBC, may be 1 year from renewal date (SWU membership & journal add-ons remain payable)
  • Hoody / bag / other items (TBC) that support you in your role
  • Access to online training to prepare for the role
  • One free training course per annum from BASW’s Student CPD programme
  • A named BASW staff member point of contact for ongoing support
  • Statement or reference of your work in the BSA role on request
  • Support through quarterly online UK BSA network forums (may develop into regional face to face meetings). 

How to apply

Send your CV and a supporting statement (maximum 300 words) on ‘Why I would make a great BASW Student Ambassador in my university’ to ProfDe@basw.co.uk  citing “BASW Student Ambassador” in the email subject.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jane Shears – BASW Head of Professional Development at jane.shears@basw.co.uk or on 07876 594539.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2022.