Student involvement and resources

This page contains information which will be of use to students beginning a period of study in social policy, social work and related subjects.


Companion for undergraduate dissertations - This CD and web resource provides students with support and guidance for personal study and to help you through the dissertation process. It deals with some of the common questions, concerns and practical issues that undergraduate students come across when completing their social science-based dissertation or final year project

SWAP guide 2 - Preparing to succeed in your social policy course (PDF, 241KB) is for prospective and current social policy students to help them be successful on their course. The advice has been written by students on social policy courses, so provides an inside track on how to succeed. Published June 2007

SWAP guide 3 - The social work degree: preparing to succeed (PDF, 214KB) is for prospective and current social work students to help them to be successful on their degree. The advice has been written by students on social work courses, so it offers insider tips! Published June 2007

Case studies

Student experiences of e-learning (PDF, 403KB) submitted for an ELTE Project competition

Digital Learning Resources

Be the difference - Students taking social work degrees talk about their experiences

Internet Social Worker - A free online tutorial to help university students develop their Internet research skills

Introduction to Social Policy video clips - What is social policy?, What areas of social policy excite and engage? Leading social policy academics answer questions like these and talk about key social policy issues in this series of videos

Palgrave Macmillan study skills audio downloads - Download and listen to helpful advice to get the most out of both your academic and personal life at university

Students at Work: learning to labour in Higher Education - A documentary film researched and filmed by a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The film deals with the relationship between Higher Education and paid labour, asking critical questions about what universities are for.

The Student Enhanced Learning through Effective Feedback (SENLEF) project Assessment and Feedback Video Clips - Assessment and feedback video clips, which highlight students' opinions on the assesment and feedback experiences they have had

External resources

Social policy and social work resources

Active Social Work Blog - A resourceful place for social work students, professionals and everyone interested in the field covering a wide range of information, sharing projects and ideas, stimulating social work practice and help integrating social work into the realm of the information technologies.

Social Policy Association (SPA) Postgraduate Network

Social Work Student - a resource for students undertaking a social work qualification and people interested in social care and social work in the UK

SCIE’s student page highlights a selection of resources which directly reflect the Social Work degree core curriculum. It also allows you to link straight through to some of our innovative multimedia resources.

Community Care - a website and a magazine dedicated to all areas of the social care profession. Community Care's Student Zone helps social work degree students and others on social care courses become fully fledged members of the profession and brings together all the information social work degree students will need to get the most out of their courses and find a job at the end of it.

General Social Care Council - web pages for student social workers, including guidance and advice about registration (and behaviours that might put this at risk), fact sheets, and an interactive forum.

Other resources

Internet Detective - a free internet tutorial to learn to discern the good, the bad and the ugly for online research

National Union of Students (NUS)

National Student Forum The NSF consists of 16 students and sabbatical officers drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. The Forum is a reference group that Ministers may consult, rather than a representative body, and the Forum also consists of nominees from NUS – the National President, Wes Streeting, and Vice President (Higher Education).

Push Online – all about what life is really like at university

Postgraduate studentships - all types of funding, all levels, all for postgraduates all in one place

Prepare for success - an interactive pre-arrival learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK to study

Reinvention - A Journal of Undergraduate Research - an online, peer-reviewed journal, dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate student research. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas

Scottish Enhancement Theme - The first year - this Theme has focussed on the nature and purposes of the first year and how students can be engaged and empowered (work on this Theme began in autumn 2005)

Scottish Enhancement Themes student page

skills4study - Palgrave Macmillan's free resource is full of practical advice to help students study more effectively at university

sparqs - student participation in quality Scotland - the Scottish Funding Council funds sparqs to assist and support students, students' associations and institutions to improve the effectiveness and engagement of students in quality assurance and enhancement in institutions across Scotland

Student UK – a website with information about how to get the most out of student life at university or college in the UK

Student Learning and Teaching Network online interactive networking site. The SLTN is a community of students actively involved in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education institutions across the UK.

The Student Zone - an international student community and lifestyle website which features advice, university & college guides, competitions, graduate and gap year information

The UK Grad Programme - a website to support the academic sector to embed personal and professional skills development into research degree programmes

Unofficial guides – an organisation of students who provide the most student friendly and honest alternative information on Higher Education for prospective students and parents

Useful social policy and social work books for students

Alcock, P., Erskine, A. & May, M. (2003) The Student's Companion to Social Policy (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.

Alcock, P. & Erskine, A. (eds.) (2002) Blackwell Dictionary of Social Policy. Oxford: Blackwell.

Blakemore, K. (2003) Social Policy: An introduction (2nd ed). Buckingham: Open University Press.

Davies, M. (2002) The Blackwell Companion to Social Work (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.

Thompson, N. (2005) Understanding Social Work: Preparing for Practice (2nd ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.

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