Social work education is in crisis – we must act urgently

We need to talk about social work education. Indeed, we need two conversations. One is urgent and must be held and concluded now. The other should start quickly, but be given time. The first is about the imminent threat to university social work students and to social work education. It is only weeks before the new intake of students should be arriving but, for the second year running, the government has not yet announced what bursaries will be available for those studying social work from September. Not only is this disrespectful and…

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Harvard’s secretive social clubs: Time for them to finally wind up?

A committee is considering a recommendation that could fundamentally change the social fabric of Harvard. The committee, of faculty and staff members and students, suggested calling for numerous exclusive social clubs — including the secretive “final clubs,” fraternities and sororities — to be “phased out” over the next five years. If enacted, the recommendation would end a centuries-old tradition of rarefied clubs at a university that have been criticised as deeply exclusionary. A preliminary recommendation circulated to students and faculty members on Wednesday would bar students from joining “final clubs,…

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