A university which came under pressure for proposals to end two social work masters degrees has decided to keep running the programmes.
A review carried out by Durham University last year had recommended that two, two-year MA social work degrees be closed due to concerns over the programmes’ financial viability, and that graduates from the course made up a small proportion of the social workers in the north east of England.
A decision was due in June last year, but was deferred to the end of 2017 amongst opposition to the plans from university staff, the University and College Union and students, who launched a petition to save the course which attracted 642 signatures.
A Durham University spokesperson confirmed the department of sociology had voted to continue to take applicants on both its social work degree and international social work and community development courses.
They added the department would “continue to assess its provision of academic programmes in line with its strategic priorities”.
Jon Bryan, a spokesperson for the University and College Union, said: “The social work courses at Durham University have always been highly valued by staff, students and all those who work with them. Social care remains a huge issue both locally and nationally and we are pleased that these courses will continue.”