Higher education (HE)

Keeping it Real

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The Keeping It Real conference at Stirling University on 26 April 2017 celebrated Service User and Carer Involvement in Professional Education and the difference it makes.

This was about showcasing good practice, sharing ideas and future ambitions, and discussing key challenges. A Storify of the event is available.

Shaping the future

Making a successful transition from student to social worker

What's it like for a student leaving university and making the transition into the world of work?

Iriss teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University, SSSC, the Scottish Association of Social Workers and the Scottish Government to find out. About 120 final year students as well as newly qualified social workers gathered at GCU on 22 January 2015 to share information and experience with aim of helping to shape the future direction of social work.

Real Lives, Real Difference: service user and carer involvement in professional education

Iriss.fm, episode 46

The Real Lives, Real Difference conference was held at the University of Stirling on 4 June 2013, which focused on the subject of service user and carer involvement in professional education. It involved a presentation from Peter Beresford, who argues that user and carer involvement in professional education is of unprecedented importance and makes possible a transformed approach to occupational roles, education and practice.

Widening access to higher education for looked after young people

Iriss.fm, episode 32

On 25th January 2013 the Centre for Learning Enhancement and Academic development at Glasgow Caldonian University and CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland) joined forces to review progress in relation to supporting students from a looked after background. This episode includes presentations from

Keeping an eye on the child

Iriss.fm, episode 25

Key Capabilities and students as leaders in multidisciplinary contexts. Professor Brigid Daniel's keynote address to the 2012 SCOPT (Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching) annual conference offered a positive and optimistic view of social work as new entrants bring fresh perspectives. Students, in general, are curious and not afraid to ask questions, keen to read the evidence and apply it in practice. In short, they are well adapted for multidisciplinary working and leadership roles.

Improving access to research for the social services

Can higher education digital repositories help?

Higher education repositories are on-line spaces where university staff can deposit their research outputs, making them available for anyone to access for free. This report explores the potential for higher education repositories in Scotland to make a greater contribution to improving access to research for the social services.


SWAPBox is a digital repository that brings together open educational resources - social work and social policy learning and teaching materials - that can be freely used and repurposed for use with students in the classroom or in working practice. Examples of some of these materials includes handouts, exercises, podcasts and videos.


practical guidance on how to get referencing right

The ability to relate one's own work to existing knowledge is an essential skill for practitioners and students alike. This interactive learning resource provides practical guidance on how to get referencing right.

Key Capabilities in Child Care Protection website

Following the successful completion of the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (2006) developed by the University of Dundee Centre for Child Care and Protection and SIESWE. The Child Care and Protection Training and Development Project aimed to track and enhance the process of embedding key capabilities across social work qualifying programmes by identifying and sharing innovative practice, and this project was concluded in 2008.