The School of Social Work is an internationally renowned academic department dedicated to research and teaching. We have a strong interdisciplinary focus with a reputation for policy relevant empirical research. The teaching team within the School promote a friendly, scholarly and stimulating atmosphere and this is matched by students being both sociable and industrious so they make the most of their time with us.
The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Social Work.
If you haven’t already, check out our School pages on the UEA website.
Once you have registered online you will also need to attend a registration event (unless you are an undergraduate home student living in UEA accommodation, since you are registered automatically when you pick up your room keys).
Welcome to UEA and to the School of Social Work. We are very pleased you have decided to study with us and we look forward to working with you and to ensuring you have all the support you need to be successful and go on to have a rewarding career in social work.
We hope you will enjoy being a student here and that you will take full advantage of studying in a School which is one of the UK's leading centres for teaching and research in social work.
I wish you well with your studies and look forward very much to meeting you.
Professor Jonathan Dickens
Head of the School of Social Work
Please take some time to read through your course handbook from the link on the right (or below, if you're on mobile).
You can find your induction programme below. Consult your schedule via e:Vision to find out the location of the event.
23 Sep 10:00 - 12:00
Head of School Welcome and Introduction
Meet the Staff – Greetings from the Head of School, the BA Programme Director, the SWK academic staff, the Students’ Union, DoS , representatives from the SWK Service Users and Carers Group and the Teaching Partnership
23 Sep 13:00 - 14:00
Seminar on Professionalism with Dr Jeanette Cossar
23 Sep 14:00 - 15:00
Meet your Academic Advisers
Introductory Small Group Meetings with Academic Advisers. The School will inform you with further information
23 Sep 15:00 - 16:00
Welcome party - and opportunity to meet current students and staff informally
24 Sep 09:00 - 11:00
Introduction to Social Work in Context with Andrew Sach
24 Sep 11:00 - 13:00
Introduction to Early Childhood Development & Child Observation with Dr Peter Jordan
24 Sep 14:00 - 16:00
Meet Your Adviser
Individual Advisee sessions with Academic Advisers. The School will inform you who your adviser is
26 Sep 09:00 - 11:00
Introduction to Social Sciences for Social Work with Dr Birgit Larsson and Dr Georgia Phillip
26 Sep 11:00 - 13:00
Introduction to Preparation for practice with Dr Jane Dodsworth
27 Sep 09:00 - 17:00
The following books are some suggestions for optional pre-course reading:
Beckett, C and Maynard, A (2012) Values and Ethics in Social Work: an Introduction, 2nd ed, London: Sage
Boyd, D and Bee, H (2011) Lifespan development 6th Ed. Pearson
Cocker C and Hafford-Letchfield T (2014) Rethinking Anti Oppressive and Anti Discriminatory Theories for Social Work Practice. London: Palgrave
Dickens, J (2012) Social Work, Law and Ethics. Abingdon: Routledge
Dunk West, P (2013) How to be a social worker: A critical guide for students. Basingstoke, Palgrave
Horner, N. (2013) What is Social Work? Context and Perspectives (4th ed), London: Sage/Learning Matters
Howe, D. (2009) A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory Palgrave Macmillan
Lymbery, M and Postle K (eds) (2007) Social Work: A Companion to Learning. London: Sage
Wilson, K, Ruch, G, Lymbery, M & Cooper, A (2011) Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice, (2nd Ed) Harlow: Pearson Longman