Social work bursary allocations revealed

Announcement comes in the wake of criticisms over 'instability and stress' caused by delays

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The government has announced its allocation of social work bursaries for the coming academic year, which as in 2016 has come with little time to spare before studies begin.

The Department of Health has confirmed that, like last year, 1,500 postgraduates starting in September will be eligible for the funds. For undergraduates, the bursaries will be available for 2,500 students, who must have commenced their studies in 2016. Only students in years two and three are eligible.

For the third year running, the value of all bursaries is unchanged. Students will be shortlisted by their higher education institution (HEI), but apply directly to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). HEIs have also been advised to prepare a long-list of applicants in order that any unclaimed bursaries can be reallocated.

While the announcement has come marginally earlier than last year, the fact that it has again been delayed until so close to course start dates drew criticism from academics earlier this week.

In a joint statement, The Association of Professors of Social Work and the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee described the situation as “deeply regrettable” and likely to cause “instability and unnecessary stress” for students who have been unable to firm up their plans.

The official social work bursaries Facebook page continues to provide advice and live updates for students.



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One Response to Social work bursary allocations revealed

  1. Adele deniz July 25, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    The NHS is giving out a set number of social work bursaries to individuals that are obtaining the best grades at university. What about the people with low grades but years of experience Or those with learning disabilities who struggle with the academics but can do the work. Is social work not about promoting equality and challenging discrimination. So why are the funding body openly discriminating by operating the bursaries in this way.