SWAP is part of the
Higher Education Academy which provides support for the learning and teaching communities across UK higher education. Browse our resources to find out about the materials available to download from this site. You can also learn about our projects along with the events that SWAP has supported.

SWAP discussion lists

Social policy and social work JISCmail lists which are currently supported by SWAP remain in situ and can be still be used to send messages to the community.

SWAP Announcements

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SWAP transition to closure - August 2011

The SWAP team would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who have worked with us providing research and resources, sharing experiences at events and ensuring a continuing focus on the development of learning and teaching. We hope we have been useful.

The website will remain in situ, but all the key project reports, case studies and other resources will be held in SWAPBox, which we are working to continue through collaboration with the project partners.

SWAP, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) subject centre for Social Policy and Social Work, hosted at the University of Southampton since 2000, has been one of 24 HEA Subject Centres and supports social policy and social work programmes in UK Universities. Initially funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils and part of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) the subject centres merged in 2004 with the Institute for Learning and Teaching to form the Higher Education Academy.

Last year the HEA took the decision to restructure towards a centralised organisation based in York, with fewer staff and a narrower remit. The main funding for SWAP will cease on 31 July 2011, however we have received funding for a reduced service until our closure on 31 January 2012. This will ensure continuation for activities which are seen by the sector as important and which would otherwise cease. The Higher Education Academy has appointed Vida Douglas as Academic Lead for Social Policy and Social Work and information on the future services that will be provided can be found on their website.

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Plans being made for the future of JSWEC

JSWEC logo The Joint Social Work Education Conference with the UK Research Conference (JSWEC) was held in Manchester on 14 July, the last conference involving SWAP. Work is being undertaken to ensure the conference continues in future years in collaboration with the Joint University Council – Social Work Education Committee and the Conference’s Chair, Professor Tim Kelly. The 2011 Conference website remains live and contains links to previous websites.

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Quick Links

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Newsletter (infocus)

SWAP publishes a termly newsletter called infocus. Read the latest issue of infocus or view previous issues on e.g. internationalisation or engaging with employers.

Help sheets

Quick reference sheets with teaching exercises, tips for introducing new topics and support for using new technologies in teaching.


SWAP has produced a series of monographs which include research papers on different topics.


SWAP produces several short digests which are designed to support learning and taching in social policy and social work.

Information sheets

A series of resources that provide guidance on how or where to access more information around a particular topic.


Reports of SWAP's learning and teaching projects, event reports and consultancy reports are available from this page.