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Celebrating the city's contribution; JOBS & NEW DIRECTIONS.

COVENTRY University is celebrating a special anniversary this year - the provision of social work education and training in the UK for over 40 years.

It was one of the first institutions in the UK to offer courses in this area and continues to be one of the leading lights in social work education.

On Monday February 9 2004, hundreds of current and past staff and students will return to the University to celebrate this achievement.

Professor Joan Orme, Professor of Social Work at Glasgow and Chair of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee will speak on 'Social Work Education: Past, Present and Future'.

More than a thousand students have completed social work qualifying courses at Coventry University over the past 40 years.

Starting with just 12 students in 1962, the teaching of social work has developed and grown and Coventry has remained at the forefront of social work education in the UK.

Coventry was among the first institutions to provide the new

Diploma in Social Work in 1988 and a dedicated three-year BA Social Work degree, over ten years before the Government endorsed three-year training.

In 1988 the Centre for Social Justice was established at Coventry University and has quickly developed a national reputation in social work research.

In 2003, social work education and research at Coventry moved into the Richard Crossman Building which has been completely refurbished with state- of-the-art facilities for students. It will provide a fitting base for the start of the next 40 years of further growth and development.

Professor Bywaters said: 'It has been a privilege for me personally to be part of social work education and research at Coventry over the past two decades. We want to get the word out to as many ex-students and supporters of social work at Coventry as possible to join us in this celebration of the past and look forward to the challenges ahead.'
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 5, 2004
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