About SWAP

SWAP is the UK subject centre for social policy and social work, one of the Higher Education Academy's 24 discipline based centres. SWAP aims to enhance the student learning experience by promoting high quality learning, teaching and assessment.

The Academy is an independent organisation funded by grants from the four UK funding bodies for HE; subscriptions from higher education institutions; and contract income for specific initiatives.

In addition SWAP is advised and guided in its work through its steering group.

SWAP's strategic aims are to:

  • Promote effective practice of learning and teaching nationally and internationally
  • Influence national and international policy and practice developments
  • Encourage, support and undertake pedagogic research
  • Support academic workforce development
  • Work in partnership with cognate subject centres and stakeholders to develop a shared agenda
  • To be a responsive, effective and accountable organisation

To achieve these aims SWAP:

  • Engages with higher education and subject based policy and regulation across the four UK countries
  • Organises events, workshops and conferences
  • Provides funding and resources for pedagogic research and development projects
  • Offers discussion, brokerage, networking and consultancy services to its subject communities
  • Disseminates best practice through its publications

These activities are geared to SWAP's key themes which are reviewed annually.

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To stay informed of SWAP developments and news from the sector register with SWAP. This will enable you to receive updates such as the SWAP newsletter 'Infocus' and e-bulletin.

If you would like to inform colleagues about SWAP download a SWAP flyer (PDF, 374KB).


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